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Jennifer Walker is an Anglo-Hungarian freelance writer and editor based in Budapest, Hungary. After a sordid past involving a career in Nuclear Physics, and after completing her PhD, Jennifer threw caution - and physics - to the winds to follow the cliché expat writing dream. She's a compulsive traveller and has lived in the UK, Hungary, Spain, Germany and Georgia. She's passionate about making up stories, the arts, surrealism, underground culture, dilapidated art nouveau buildings, languages and travel.

She has written for BBC Travel, CNN Travel, The Guardian, Slate, Quartz, GOOD, Atlas Obscura and more.

To read more, check out her blog Off the Bohemian Track for more stories about hidden and off beat places in Budapest and beyond or visit her website or follow her on Twitter @JDWalkerWriter.

Entries by Jennifer Walker

Susan Michie: Marks, Textiles and Femininity in Art

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 11:12 AM

Born into a family of artists whose work exploded with color, Susan Michie found her own path into artistic expression by eschewing bold tones and rich hues in favor of monochromatic blacks, whites and browns. Her delicate paintings and sketches focus more on the essence of the mark, which has...

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A Life in Stop Motion: A Journey From Benefits to Award-Winning Young Filmmaker

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 11:23 AM

A tale of existential questioning captured in the medium of stop motion, Hendrikus De Vaan's short 4-minute film "Disappear", single-handedly made while on benefit checks, has received acclaim at film festivals the world over. From Danny Boyle to Booker-Prize winning author DBC Pierre, 25-year-old De Vaan's labor of...

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Dining With the Author: Dangerous Misadventures With Owen Matthews

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 10:33 PM

As a man of careless ambition, Nikolai Resanov's attempt to make the US a part of the tsar's empire in 19th century failed. The story of Russia's colonies in Alaska and northern California have been filed away in obscure historical territory for those who come from outside of Russia, but...

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Follow Your Fantasy: Reshaping Erotica in a Post-Fifty Shades World

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:02 PM

In a post-Fifty Shades world, erotica has metaphorically climaxed as a genre all over the publishing industry, but with publishers on the look out for the next E.L. James rather than the future Anaïs Nin, where will erotica go as a literary medium?

With the advent of the anonymity...

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Sounds From the Hungarian Underground: The Carbonfools Take on the UK

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Hungary is a powerhouse of untapped talent, yet it continues to make it into international news headlines for the wrong reasons. Even though the country is currently under the shadow of its political and economic climate, it is seeing a growth-spurt in its alternative artistic life in Budapest's urban undergrowth....

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The Wekerle Estate: Budapest's Hidden Garden City

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:55 PM

From the bowels of the Budapest Metro, the steps at Határ Street lead out into an industrial wasteland sprawling along the highway towards the airport. People huddle about the bus stop and the nearby grey, Soviet-style kiosks. A woman tucks in her child with a felt blanket as the greasy...

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Melilla: Where Catalan "Modernisme" Meets North Africa

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Still dizzy from the tiny propeller plane's bumpy descent, I finally find myself at the base of "La Reconquista," Melilla's finest example of Art Nouveau architecture, which has sparked my interest to visit this forgotten city.


Plaza Menéndez y Pelayo; Photo credit:...

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Exploring Tbilisi's Endangered Art Nouveau

(4) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:08 PM

My sweaty hands flicked through the rail of vintage clothing that was too small for me anyway, and I thought I would get done for loitering. My eyes were fixed on the open door in the back of the small second-hand store on Agmashenebeli Avenue, plotting for someway to sneak...

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Europe's Oldest Inhabited City

(14) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 12:58 AM

As the bus drove through Plovdiv's suburbs, after a two-hour journey from the capital Sofia, I felt like I was visiting an old friend.

I have had an inner obsession with Plovdiv for years. My fixation with the myth of Orpheus led me to the lands of ancient Thrace,...

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