How you can never be smart

Apparently, when I was a toddler (not like I remember, but I am often told), my parents were also not morning people. So to prevent me from waking them up, they left sufficient entertainment and some food (chocolate milk) for me in the crib at night before they went to bed. This way I would not stay hungry and entertain myself in the morning while they crawled out of bed.

Some 38 or so years later, Stela and I are also not morning people. So we decided to try this same approach to manage our little monster. Been doing this for a week or two. One day she didn’t drink the bottle. Otherwise all seemed cool.

Yesterday we noticed that she found the bottle shortly after we left it, a little after midnight. OK. Must have been a fluke. Today, we noticed that she woke up at midnight and was frantically looking for the bottle of milk.

Try to be smart in this world and a 16 month old will outsmart you. Now we have to figure out how to decondition her from waking up at midnight in search of food. We’ll never know but I am fairly sure she has been drinking the bottle of milk just minutes after we left it for a week or two now.

Places of worship that look like the communists built them

I have always been fascinated by these places. There are some great ones in Prague. There is a great one near Moszkva Tér at Városmajor. There is a good one if you look at the Pest bank of the Danube from the Margaret bridge. But today, in Sarajevo, I found a Mosque as such. It was quite exciting to see. (I saw some other great modern ones as well. One looked distinctly Bauhaus. But no pic. Sorry.)

Joining ECPR Methods School as Academic Convenor

I am honored to be selected as the new Academic Convenor of the ECPR Methods Schools. With Bernhard Kittel leaving I have very big shoes to fill but I can pledge that I will not stop short of making this not only the best methods school it already is but also the best place for quantitative methods (which it is not… yet). I am also super happy to have CEU host the summer school from next year on.


Once we figured out, there is simply no way that our countries will let us get married, we ran off to Copenhagen to do it (just the two of us). The sign that gave it away was the “can the Albanian Government, issue a document that says they do not issue documents verifying…” (no joke).  The story was similar, though less graphic, on the Albanian side as well.

Now comes the the multi-step process to get the Hungarian government to recognize that we got married in Denmark. Translate the document, (which is fast if you pay a lot), 3 weeks of originality check was pre-empted by running to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get some stamp. Then it takes 1 month to do something, and two months for the Hungarian government to put it in their records. The fact that this is an EU marriage is not helping at all. And only then we can apply for residency for Stela. Not before. This is, of course, problematic because Stela can only stay in Schengen for 90 days in any 180 day period.

So, what this means, if you have not been in the country for 3 months, you fly in and do all the procedures when you arrive, you will still have to leave Schengen for a few weeks to make sure you don’t run out of days allowed to stay in Schengen before you can start the residency proceedings. This is despite paying a fortune to have the translation ready very quick and unless the government gets done quicker with the paperwork than they promise. (Which I would not count on.)