Welcome to Bohemian Ink! My name is Jessica Tudzin, and I began this blog shortly after moving to Budapest, Hungary in January 2010. I originally set out to write strictly about my adventures as an American expat discovering Central Europe. As it turns out, the adventure flew by much too fast, not quite two years, and I am now back in the good ole U.S. of A.—in sunny So Cal, to be exact. But my move abroad was not in vein. While living in Budapest, I earned a masters degree in Central European history at Central European University (CEU), and gained a deep appreciation for the art, architecture, music, folklore, and literature of region.
I gave a lot of thought about how I would like to continue this blog. I still have many images and stories to share. I also discovered on my return that my experiences abroad has changed my perception of my native city, Los Angeles. For instance, knowing that Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra—two architects instrumental in the mid-century modern architecture of Los Angeles and Palm Springs—both came from Vienna, Austria, has me looking more closely at the residential homes in my home city, and making comparisons to the ones I saw in Vienna. Such comparisons are not limited to just the architecture. I find myself doing it with art, literature, and even food.
So, as the name of this site implies, I’m going full-blown bohemian—meaning eclectic with an edge of erudite—and will present all things Central and Eastern European as they are expressed in Southern California. I still plan to share stories and images of my experience in Central Europe—I have many. And hope to convince some of my fabulous friends back in Croatia, Slovenia, and Hungary to contribute something from time to time. As I have stated in an earlier post, I am of the belief that when one understands the culture and history of a foreign land, one can more fully appreciate its art, music, architecture, food, and drink. And therein lies the mission of Bohemian Ink: To enhance your travel experience, whether it be to the Pacific Coast or through Central Europe, and (with any luck) provide you with deeper, more meaningful memories of your time there. But if nothing else, to simply provide a little mind candy to those driven by curiosity. You know who you are.
Previously, I worked as a senior editor for the American publication Robb Report, where I wrote extensively on travel, dining, wine, and spirits for the luxury traveler. My words and images have appeared in Whole Life Times, The Dallas Morning News, Golf Digest, Worth Magazine, MotorCycling, Robb Report, Robb Report Collection, Robb Report Vacation Homes, Robb Report Luxury Hotels, and Robb Report Luxury Resorts. Though I am well versed in the luxury lifestyle, at heart I am a gypsy, meaning I go where the wind blows and try to find meaning in the experience. I hope you enjoy this journey with me.
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