Eternal City

Trip Start May 24, 2006
Trip End Aug 02, 2006

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Monday, July 3, 2006

My first time through Budapest, I didn't really get a true feel for the city. Now that I've been here for a while, I love it. There are so many things to do. So far, I've been to a free outdoor music concert (every single weekend too), been to a few free museums, been to an opera house where tickets range from a buck to forty dollars max, seen both sides of the city lit up at night and had endless activities. The weird part is that dining here is not so special and it's very expensive. But the culture in this city and its history is so rich and accessible. I can probably stay here a week and still find new things to do as a tourist. There is just so much. It's hard to believe that Budapest was once a huge capital city in a once amazing empire. But over time and through different wars, Hungary has been decimated into what it is now. It's quite unfortunate that they've usually been on the wrong side until too late. The Terror House museum was able to show this fact. The Terror House museum is the best designed and most affective exhibition I've ever been to.

Basically this place shows how both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia oppressed so many different people and changed the mood of a once grand empire. They laid out rooms to replicate the times and they show videos of survivors of both regimes. They even have recreated prison cells of the time when people were tortured during Soviet oppression. They even taught me that there were Soviet camps where individuals had to endure tough labor and it was still bad back then. Whereas Nazis were racist in their oppression, Communists were classist in their oppression. I highly recommend this museum for anyone who visit Hungary. It's an experience you can never forget.
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