Trip Start Sep 13, 2005
47Trip End Oct 15, 2006
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On my last night in Budapest I decided to do something I love but never have the opportunity to do
In between the mental relaxation and the physical challenges, I was treated to a wonderful traditional Hungary dinner by my college friend Timi's sister. It was yummy and afterwards we checkout out an amazing view of the city from the Citadel that is (I think) the highest point in the city. I would have missed the view at night otherwise so thanks again Imola for that little excursion. In addition, I decided to check out some of the history of Hungary since I was totally clueless. I headed out to Statue Park and visited the House of Terror. Statue Park is located on the outskirts of Budapest. It is a place where old communist era statues have been put to rest. Statues of Lenin, Marx, Engles and other that once resided in the heart of Budapest were not destroyed when the iron curtain fell, but instead moved
While I am close to my limit of the number of museums I can take seeing, the House of Terror in Budapest was an entirely different type of museum. It documents two eras in Hungarian history that show you how dark humans can be. Hungary was sujected to occupation by the Nazis and then the Communists. It was a time of oppression, intimidation, and many other horros that are likely to keep people up late at night. It's a place I can't do justice to by briefly talking about in a travel blog, but anyone travelling to Budapest should consider a stop here. It brings to life in a very contemporary way, a bit of history that seems like it was a lot further back in history that it actually is.