Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
36Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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The hotel wasn't able to check me in that early so I left my bags there for 5 euros
Went to check out the Terror Museum in the morning and it was money worth spent! The museum is in the same building that the Nazi headquarters were and then later on the Communist. In the basement there were tons of jail cells used to torture and murder people. When you enter the building a huge Soviet tank is pointing it's gun at you. There are many displays showing videos of the Nazi occupation and then the Soviet. There was one disturbing video showing many concentration camp victims bodies being bulldozed into a mass grave. There were also videos of gulag camp survivors telling their stories of their time spent in these work camps. The museum leads you through different rooms that display old uniforms, Communist propaganda, and stories about the resistors. At the end of the tour you are in the cellar where they have all the cells. There are some cells that only have enough for you to stand and bright lights are flashed in front of your eyes, some that are filled with a few inches of standing water, a padded cell, and others that are so small you couldn't sit up and they are in complete darkness
After that experience I wandered the and ended up walking along the Danube, to the Parliament and then to St Stephens Basilica. The basilica has the mummified hand of St Stephen on display, but you have to pay a few dollars in a slot where a light will shine on it for a few minutes. I just looked at the photographs that they had hanging up. I climbed up the stairs to the top to get a good view of Budapest. Budapest is a lot like Paris in a way. The streets are wide with most of the buildings dating from the late 19th century. It is a very nice city, and doesn't have a touristy feel to it. The one nice thing too is that it is so big, all the tourists are spread out. There are a lot of English speaking tourists here, compared to the other cities. There must be more low cost air carriers flying to here.
Went out to an early dinner, okay three o'clock, at this place called Mensa. Everyone in the internet community and guide books raves on and on about it, but it wasn't that great. At least my meal wasn't very over priced. I should have ordered something that didn't scream out TOURIST! like my Hungarian stew. It was probably Puritan canned stew or something. I headed back to the hotel to check in. My room is tiny! But it's cheap and I won't be spending that much time in it. Figured I would clean up, go to that internet place and have an early night. I have been sleeping poorly that last few nights as I have had a few drunken late nights with early mornings. And that sweaty, sauna like train ride didn't help either!