Postcard From Budapest – July 2011

A delightful unscheduled stop. Dignified, polite, cultured, central European people who each seem to speak many languages. Stunning but slightly shabby 18th century buildings in their virgin state, except for the bullet marks, thanks to years of Soviet rule/neglect. Relics of a much bigger Hungary that was the corner stone of the Austro Hungarian Empire. Wonderful public thermal baths used by all and sundry. Great goulash. All this, and the underlying pain of the triple town city complex that includes Buda and Pest, that has experienced being embattled and under siege so many times it would be difficult to keep count. In one 200 year period it was overrun 33 times. That’s a lot of suffering without a felt sense of victimhood, and, maybe, the source of the dignity.


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