About Me

Welcome to my Blog! I'm Eszter, a Hungarian girl, and, believe it or not, I have a master's degree in civil engineering and in international affairs, and—since February 20, 2012—a PhD in political science.

I became an engineer because my parents are engineers and I had always excelled at mathematics. However, after working 5 years in construction, I was physically and emotionally sick. So, I decided to pursue another career.

It was then that I discovered my passion for political philosophy; that is to say, for reading works written ages ago and "translating" them into modern ideas. Correspondingly, I wrote my doctoral thesis about two female political thinkers of the Enlightenment and showed that their claim that only humans who are able and willing to behave humanely can find lasting happiness is still true and relevant. What is more, I also demonstrated in my thesis that the study of literature, i.e. reading, contributes significantly to the nurture of humane beings. However, upon receiving my doctorate, I decided to leave the academic world and am working currently as a freelance translator.

In my leisure time, I love to take ballet, pilates and yoga classes, to cook and bake, be creative (knit, sew, embroider, design my website, etc.), be in the nature with my Hungarian Pointer, go to the theatre and the cinema, and, of course, to read.

I'm originally from Hungary but I used to live in Germany, the UK, and Switzerland, hence I can and love to read in Hungarian, German, and English. Among my favourite authors are: L.M. Montgomery, Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie. I prefer printed books over e-books and hardcovers over paperbacks. My favourite genres are: romances, young adult, children's classics, and crime. A genre that I will probably never read is science fiction...

You can learn more about me by reading the following posts: