Xpat Interview 2: Peter Grundberg, Co-Founder, Brody Land

  • 3 Jul 2019 12:32 PM
Xpat Interview 2: Peter Grundberg, Co-Founder, Brody Land
1. What’s been happening at work and at home since your first Xpat Interview?

Click here to read Peter's first interview.

I had the honour of being interviewed by you in 2011 - much has changed since then. I now have two lovely (most of time!) small children.

Workwise, the boutique arts hotel I co-founded with William Clothier (Brody House) has been supplemented by 3 other hospitality venues in Budapest.

2. On a scale of 1 to 10 how happy are you with your life in Hungary, and why?
Assuming that 10 is best, I would go for 7 or 8. Life is wonderful and I try to appreciate small things.

There is always scope for improvement but it’s mostly stuff I control or need to work on. Budapest and Hungary have evolved significantly since 2011.

3. What’s the best party you’ve been to while in Hungary, and why?
Sorry to be self-serving but I enjoy the themed dress-up parties we throw for the Brody community at The Studios about six times a year.

Theatrical and full of good energy, much credit is due to our members and guests who make a fab effort to dress up and showcase their creativity. The next one is our summer ‘Urban Jungle’ party on 13 July. Our Halloween parties are enduring popular - join us if you can!

4. What’s your favourite drink?

My bartenders spoil me with their magnificent award-winning creations. Most recently, Gergely Staszkiv made it to the world cocktail finals with his own ‘La Fuerza’ which was well deserved.

With the hot summer, my current favourite is a non-alcoholic cocktail with calamansi (an asiatic citrus fruit) is amazingly refreshing. It’s a new discovery courtesy of Laci Metzger - you can consume his magical potions at our newest venue, 'The Workshop'.

5. What hidden talents do you have?
They are so hidden that I have yet to discover them!

6. What was the most interesting travel trip you have ever taken?
Last summer, I embarked on an extensive European road trip with my family. Some of the (many) highlights were the Krakow salt mines, lake swimming near Potsdam, exploring Kalmar Castle (Sweden’s old capital) and Lubeck (a major Hanseatic city).

7. If you were given a wish that could come true, what would you ask for?
The ability to speak Hungarian without making Hungrians laugh/wince!

8. What’s the last book you read, and movie you watched?
‘The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists’ - a glorious read - and all 3 seasons of the show called ‘The Last Kingdom’ (ok, it’s TV not film) but I had the pleasure of getting to know quite a few of the cast and crew. They are charming and not as bloodthirsty as they are on screen!

9. If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?
Err…. Just one more minute.

10. What is the perfect pizza toppings combination for you?
I am a sucker for anything with avocado, tomato and mozzarella.

11. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
One of my children so I could understand (better) how they see the world.

12. On a scale of 1 to 10 how unusual are you, and why?
Hmmmm. X. Woof. Morning vicar.

13. What’s the best website you’ve ever visited, and why?
The BBC - I particularly like their podcasts.

14. Who do you admire the most, and why?
My father - he’s calm, highly reflective and a man of deep integrity. A bona fide role model.

15. What do you like best and least about living in Hungary?
My experience is largely confined to Budapest - the grandeur of the buildings never ceases to impress. Day-to-day, there are many capable people but I would dearly like to see more ‘can do’ spirit and positive energy radiating from them.

16. What has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
My children. They bring joy and have given me pause for thought in so many ways.

17. If you won USD 30 million, what would you do with the money?
I would buy a chunk of rainforest in order to save it - I suspect more cash would be needed though!

18. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
Tricky. Can I get away with DJ set or sound track?! If so, it would be a medley of seemingly unconnected songs from the likes of The Stranglers, Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest and LL Cool J? Why not throw in some Parov Stelar and Bruno Mars.

19. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
In a tree top.

20. In ten years from now what will you be doing?
Something of value, hopefully.

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