- 12 Sep 2018 1:11 PM
An avid sailor and former rugby player Remy is married to a Hungarian fashion designer and has 3 kids.
1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
First I arrived 15 years ago on a management programme.
2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Yes: Wales, England, Germany, USA
3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
The sheer beauty and vibes of Budapest; the chilled attitude of Hungarians who don’t live to work like many do in the West but work to live.
4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
The different spas, strolling the streets of Pest and enjoy its cafés, admiring the views from Gellért Hill or the Castle.
5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Love the almás and túrós rétes – especially the ones made in this little wooden hut in Normafa.
6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
My wife would say smelly cheese – I don’t even realise.
7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
Egészségedre (literally to your health) – I like the depth of it. Like in English health is derived from whole/holism. And then also the idea of making it a connection between you and me. Could also be translated into ”to your holiness”.
8. What do you miss the most from home?
People randomly smiling at you on the streets. These graces seldom happen here.
9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
Would love to be an artist – I really admire their lucidity and creativity
10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
Never say never but in general where there is no soul. Some repetitive tasks working for some remote shareholders for instance, that is some kind of modern slavery in my view.
11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Brittany where my larger family lives – love the wild seaside there
12. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
Sailing the Croatian islands with my family.
13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
Band: the pixies; film: the big blue; hobby: windsurfing
14. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
Dark chocolate with nuts!
15. Red wine or white?
The drink of the gods, can be tempted either way.
16. Book or movie?
17. Morning person or night person?
Morning – love the crisp light of dawn, the quietness of the hour.
18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Refugees relentlessly fleeing some monsters that we westerners sometimes created.
19. Buda side or Pest side?
In between! Love being on Margaret Island, feels like on a lush giant boat sailing the placid Danube.
20. What would you say is your personal motto?
I like this sentence from Emerson “Life is a journey, not a destination”: all we do matters, only the present moment matters.