Peter Szilagyi

Name: Peter Szilagyi

Title: Associate Professor of Finance, Director of the MS in Finance Program at CEU Business School

Number of years at CEU: 2

Home city/town & country: Debrecen

What’s your favorite Hungarian food?  

Palacsinta (crepes) of any kind, sweet or savory.

Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?

Australian Aboriginal art. Kudditji Kngwarreye, with a bush upbringing and no formal training, put Mark Rothko to shame with an uncannily similar style. I have a few paintings myself, from the good old days when galleries would just offload Billies, Dorothies, Kudditjis and Ninguras on eBay.

What’s your favorite language, whether you speak it or not?

Spanish, for sentimental reasons.

What’s your favorite quote or idiom?

“We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.” Or “My hovercraft is full of eels.”

What do you like to do best on Sundays?

Jumping in the car and going somewhere random.

Which is your favorite building, park, museum, or public spot in Budapest?

The view from Margaret Bridge gets me every time. And my great-great-grandfather’s statue in City Park – don’t make much of it, he was a herdsman in Hortobagy.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Wasting time on Youtube.

What is your favorite or most visited website or blog?

Holidaypirates.com, or the Hungarian version repjegyportal.com.

Name one adventure you'd like to have:

Running from polar bears in Svalbard would be an adventure – apparently you need an 800m headstart.