Revisiting the Small Village That Was Completely Devastated By Toxic Red Sludge

Kolontár’s wounds are deep. Five years ago, on October 4, 2010, roughly one million cubic meters of liquid chemical waste burst from a red mud reservoir of the Ajka Alumina Plant. The 2-4 meters high wave of toxic sludge flooded the small village west of Budapest, and minutes later, six other villages and towns. »10/06/15 4:00pmYesterday 4:00pm

5 European Countries Have Built Border Fences to Keep Out Refugees

Over the last few weeks, hastily erected razor-wire fences have made headlines as they’ve appeared along Hungary’s border to keep out refugees fleeing war-torn countries. But this is actually not a new phenomenon: At least four more European countries have built fences in the last few years in a heightened effort to… »9/16/15 8:15pm9/16/15 8:15pm

Photo Essay: Inside a 120 Year-Old Steam Powered Water Pumping Station

A small village on the left bank of the river Tisza in Hungary hides one of the best-preserved industrial relics I have ever seen. If you wander along the flood prevention dyke near the village, you’ll see an old building with an enormous brick chimney towering above the trees: this is the old Tiszabercel water… »8/20/15 8:00pm8/20/15 8:00pm

The Incredible DiY Cabins of the Tisza River in Hungary

One of the strangest places in Hungary lies beside the Tisza River in a village called Gergelyiugornya. Hugged by a bend in the river, it’s a relatively narrow, woody flood basin area packed with small cottages that show an incredibly wide variety of architectural designs and creativity. Walk with me in the shade of… »8/17/15 7:50pm8/17/15 7:50pm

This delicious Hungarian pasta dish looks like boiled maggots

Our friend Anna Péter, from the food blog Malackaraj, continues to delight my virtual taste buds with another gross-looking Hungarian plate. This one is a maggot-like pasta called tojásos nokedly, a plate that you eat with a lettuce salad called fejes saláta. Apparently, it's one of Hungary's most iconic plates. »3/13/15 1:14am3/13/15 1:14am

Inside the Caverns of Hungary's Abandoned Underground Coal Plant

There is a hidden industrial gem north of Lake Balaton, near Balatonfűzfő, Hungary, and when I say hidden I mean it. Because what else do you call the bare remains of a wartime power station 30 feet deep under the ground? Luckily I got a chance to bring my camera inside the haunting corridors of this long gone… »3/09/15 7:35pm3/09/15 7:35pm

The New Budapest Metro Line Is an Awesome Psychedelic Trip

After ten years of extremely expensive, slow, and politically messed up construction work–it is a long and sad story of government corruption and incompetence–Budapest, the Hungarian capital, got its fourth metro line today. Despite its ill-fated genesis and controversial usefulness, the Metro 4 is an amazing… »3/28/14 3:40pm3/28/14 3:40pm

A Rare Glimpse Inside a Magnificent, Abandoned Shrine to Electricity

At the dawn of the electrical age, power plants were more than just utilitarian buildings. They were grand, soaring temples to a near-magical substance that was changing the world. Most of these buildings are now abandoned or demolished. But I recently visited one of the few that remain: the 99-year-old Kelenföld… »8/14/13 12:45pm8/14/13 12:45pm