Beware of brown ice!

Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
Trip End Jun 22, 2010

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

After skipping our usual morning shower because there was no hot water and the heat was off, we headed to the nearby Mc Donald's for breakfast and supposed free wi-fi noted by the flat owner as being the internet available. I realized how ungrateful some are of the courteous citizens back home who politely pick up after their pets. The walks in Budapest are plagued by hurdling around these and other questionable brown substances on the ground, which only a few of us were able to scave off on our walks the city. Laura was convinced that some of these were not left by animals who walk on four legs...

Next, we headed out for some additional site seeing and ended up at the 'House of Terror'. I wasn't expecting to get as much out of this powerful, powerful museum as I did. Unfortunately the story  of the citizens of Budapest is one of occupation. After Hungary's defeat in the first World War and much of their original land was annexed out to neighboring Austria, Czechoslovakia and Romania the city was occupied by first the Nazis and second by the Soviet communists. Both parties seriously oppressed the people and the building that housed the museum became the headquarters for both parties while in power. The building was chock full of Propaganda and the basement was the historical location of detention, torture and murder. Check out the clips for some pretty good footage of a kind of place that is truly without words.  
Following the museum, we headed back out for some more sightseeing and ended the
night with some decent grub and a Turkish bath (Rudas Bath) that opened at 10pm and stayed open until 4 a.m. The bath was pretty dope as it was snowing out and we were inside this ancient bathing area in 107 degree water . The place seemed devoid of tourists and just housed younger Hungarians getting their Turkish bath on at 2:00 in the morning. Imaging that this place was used by the Romans and the Turks was awesome! We slept like babies that night.
The following morning, I learned my last lesson in Budapest: Don't allow your precious handheld video cam to fly out of the car seat and smash on the street! After cracking my lens and wallowing in sorrow, we headed out  to the Parliament. This building was amazing inside, but was amazingly expensive at 15 $ for a 25 minute tour. Anyone interested to coming here should stay clear as it was a pretty big rip off and left me with nothing more than a can of vaseline
in my right hand.
Tood-a-loo Budapest!
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maria Delgado on

I didn't get the impression that you guys like Budapest - I have some great memories, but maybe it's just too long ago!!
Muchos besos para los dos!

PMurray on

Hi Adam and Lauris. Sounds like the Turkish Bath was the best part ... I'm sure it gets better. I think the House of Terror would have made me cry... Stay safe and be well. The Office is not the same without ya dude.

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