Since announcing my plans for a research stay in Hungary, I've been asked by readers to talk about what exactly I'm doing here in Budapest. I did babble on about my research in this post and I promise to share more as it develops. But a picture is a worth a thousand words, so here's a photo of the gorgeous library I've been spending my days in. I plan to read (well, skim) over 1,100 issues of a Hungarian women's magazine and study the representation of mothers and women without children. A lofty ambition to be sure, but the surroundings make it much more enjoyable. Basically, I plonk down here in the morning and read all day.
I think we need to take a closer look at that chandelier, right?
I was worried about logging so many hours in a library because I am so used to working in my home office and the luxury that entails (comfy chair, privacy, pretty things to look at when my mind wanders) but this room has it in spades. In fact, the chairs are more glam, and just as comfy, as my cushy office chair. The space is quiet and rarely occupied. And there is plenty to ogle - the view out the window is of the parliament!
Sadly, this library has only half of the issues of the magazine here, so I will only be here for a few weeks before moving on to another library.