Fast Forward

After being catapulted into the 1980s in my last two posts, I’ve now flipped  into the 21st century after a day in awe at OSG12, which you’re supposed to know is Offline Sports Games 2012. It was a weekend full of all the coolest sports of 2011 – BMX (my son calls it “jumpy bikes”), XTR Roller (once called scooters), inline (formerly rollerblading) and two whose names have just been shortened – skateboarding (often just skate) and breakdancing (just break). Swarms of kids milled about, in skinny jeans, big t-shirts and those hulking flat shoes that have never appealed to me. The average age was probably 15 (even with my 5-year-old tagging along, I was pulling the average up). They didn’t seem excited (no one echoed my gasps of awe at the stunts the BMX riders were pulling off on a two-jump course, and very few even applauded), but it certainly seemed like the place to be for every teenager in Budapest. Did I mention it was on top of a mall?

I felt at once very old, inwardly cringing at the cigarettes hanging out of too many teenage mouths, and very hip, taking my kindergartner into a world he’d soon know a lot better than I ever will. And though these sports may be dripping with coolness, all super-branded by the makers of all the crazy clothes and equipment, they’re still challenging sports that take dedication, perseverance, strength and skill. I just hope all the lounging teenagers sometimes actually participate. But it’s enough if my kid does. Though I’m not sure I won’t cover my eyes the first time I see him do a loop-dee-loop 50 feet in the air. Maybe I’ll be brave enough to watch him land. Or spin around on his head. Sounds like fun to me. Wish I were 15 again!

For more info, see www.offline.hu (in Hungarian). A disclaimer: my brother-in-law works for this company, the organizer of OSG12. But that’s not why I went. I just like the “jumpy bikes.”

 

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One day, people looking for tips on life in Budapest started coming to me. Friends, then friends of friends, and so on. People were telling newcomers and longtime Budapesters alike, “Adri knows!” Now it’s time to share what I’ve picked up over more than a decade of fun-and-frequently-frazzled family life in the big BP.
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