With age comes wis­dom...aye right!

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - OPINION -

This week I learned that if you want to be­come US Pres­i­dent you must be at least 35 years old.

To be­come a se­na­tor, you must be 30. To join Congress, 25.

In­cred­i­bly, these are the ages when a per­son is ad­judged to be men­tally sound and ma­ture enough to han­dle the pres­sures of these po­si­tions.

You couldn’t make it up! Love him or loathe him, “men­tally sound and ma­ture” are not words I would ever as­so­ciate with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Maybe there should be a max­i­mum age to hold of­fice, too, here and in the US. The younger gen­er­a­tion cer­tainly couldn’t do any worse than those we have in power.

Our cheery air­port taxi driver was merely try­ing to make po­lite con­ver­sa­tion, bless him.

“Szia Don­ald úr, Üd­vö­zlünk Bu­dapest. Is ez az els al­ka­lom Mag­yarorszá­gon?”

Eh? Run that by me again, please! Much to my relief, he did so, but this time in English: “Wel­come to Bu­dapest, Mr Don­ald. Is this your first time in Hun­gary?”

Well it was, and hope­fully it won’t be my last time. Be­cause Bu­dapest was bril­liant.

So much so, my wife and I agreed we would re­turn in a heart­beat if ever given the chance.

I had my doubts when I ini­tially booked the trip. As ro­man­tic hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions go, Bu­dapest didn’t seem to fig­ure in the same league as Paris, Rome, Vi­enna or Prague.

Think­ing it would be cold, dirty and aus­tere, still try­ing to shake off its com­mu­nist han­gover... How wrong could I be?

Bu­dapest was a reve­la­tion. A trav­eller’s de­light!

Cos­mopoli­tan, clean, mod­ern and cool, re­laxed to the point it al­most felt bo­hemian.

The au­tumn sun shone, the views were as spec­tac­u­lar as they were mag­i­cal, es­pe­cially those look­ing to and from the UN­ESCO world her­itage site of the Buda Cas­tle Quar­ter and the neo-gothic tur­rets and ter­races of Fish­er­man’s Bas­tion, the Danube glit­ter­ing day and night.

As for its bars and restau­rants?

Well, they too were ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

But there was, for a short time, a pest in Bu­dapest! And his ini­tially low-key ar­rival

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