>_ TLV ✈ SAW

Distance: 1140km
Duration: 2:00h
CO2 Emissions: 0.19t
Airline: Pegasus
Activity: Netflix

Nov 27, 2017  ×  

>_ FCO ✈ TLV

Distance: 2280km
Duration: 3:00h
CO2 Emissions: 0.37t
Airline: Ryanair
Activity: Reading, Sleeping

Nov 18, 2017  ×  

>_ VIE ✈ FCO

Distance: 765km
Duration: 1:30h
CO2 Emissions: 0.06t
Airline: Vueling
Activity: Reading

Nov 10, 2017  ×  

>_ Vienna Logs


Time frame: Oct 27 – Nov 10 (340 hours)
Number of steps: 141706 (-27% compared to Budapest)
Modes of transport: 5
Coworking spaces visited: 2
Coffees consumed: 8 (-55%)
Productivity score: 65% (+1pp)

Tools: Moves & Mapbox
Yellow: Walking
Red: Transport

>_ Media Consumption (October ’17)

Summary:

Read 1 book (120 min, +85%) and 29 long-form articles (-28%).
Listened to 1071 songs (+94%, highest number since July 2013), 2 audiobooks (834 min, +13%) and 3 podcasts (183 min, -60%).
Watched 1 movie (-66%), 7 soccer matches (-22%) and 2 TV episodes (-86%).

Books:

American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 5-95%

Leonardo da Vinci (Walter Isaacson)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-3%

Venture Deals (Brad Feld)
▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-23%

Recommended Articles:

Defining Aggregators (Stratechery)

Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue (Backchannel)

Universal Basic Income and the Threat of Tyranny (Quillette)
See my notes on this here.

North Korea Is Playing a Longer Game Than the U.S. (Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg)

Amazon HQ2 – The Uber Test (Hal Berenson)

‘I Forgot My Pin’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin (Wired)

Computing and the Fermi Paradox: A New Idea Emerges—The Aliens Are All Asleep (IEEE Spectrum)

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens (Wired)

Recommended Podcasts:

Blade Runner 2049 (Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky)

Recommended Movies:

Blade Runner 2049

Music

Top Artists: Hans Zimmer, Washed Out, Beck, The National, James McAlister
Favorite Song: Beck – I’m So Free

>_ Budapest ? Vienna

Distance: 250km
Duration: 3:05h
Mode of transport: Bus
Company: Flixbus
Activity: Listening to Philip Roth’s American Pastoral on Audible

Oct 27, 2017  ×  ?

>_ Budapest Logs


Time spent in Budapest: 332 hours
Number of steps: 194397
Modes of transport: 3
Coworking spaces visited: 5
Coffees consumed: 18
Productivity score: 64%

Tools: Moves & Mapbox
Yellow: Walking
Red: Transport

>_ Notes on Budapest

I spent 14 days in Budapest this October.
Here are a few notes and thoughts:

  • Budapest is a lot more modern and Western than I expected. Especially the city center is very similar to Vienna.

  • This also applies to the cost of living, which was not as cheap as I had hoped. Airbnb’s are quite cheap (~€30-40/night for an apartment in the city center). A good cup of coffee will cost you roughly €2.5. An average restaurant meal is about €10. Coworking spaces were surprisingly expensive, ranging from €10-18 for a day pass.
  • To be fair though, most coworking spaces offer trial-days, so in theory you could probably work for free for almost a week just by visiting a different space each day. During my stay I worked from Impact Hub, KAPTÁR, LOFFICE, KUBIK and Mosaik. LOFFICE is probably the nicest space, but also the most expensive. My overall favourite was KAPTÁR: Open from 8:00 – 20:00, super nice staff + community, and they have standing desks.

  • In addition to co-working spaces, you can also work from most coffee shops. People are super relaxed about you bringing a laptop and working for a while and there’s free WiFi everywhere. The Magvető Cafe was particularly nice for laptopping.
  • Also: A lot of these places offer really good, third-wave-ish coffee. If I had to recommend one, it would be Espresso Embassy.

  • As a flexitarian who hardly eats meat, I was a little concerned about the availability of vegetarian food in Budapest (Eastern European cuisine tends to be quite meat-heavy). To my surprise there were a lot of Jewish /Mediterranean restaurants, of which I can especially recommend DOMBRUMBA and Mazel Tov.
  • Transportation: I already wrote a few words on how awesome Budapest’s metro system is. Uber has unfortunately been banned (for the usual technophobic reasons in Europe). Taxify is a pretty solid alternative though.

  • As an avid swimmer, one of my metrics for quality of life is availability of swimming pools. I’ll give Budapest a 10/10 here. The Hajós Alfréd Nemzeti Sportuszoda is amazing (50m heated outdoor pool!); you should also make sure to visit one of the city’s thermal baths.