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Monday August 9th
Ok, here we just walked out of the hotel Platánus, beside the Népliget
park, ready to have a tour around the city.
Some background info about Budapest, the capital of Hungary: 1.8
million inhabitants, divided by the Danube-river (Duna
in Hungarian, Tonava in Finnish) into Buda (where the castles
are) and Pest (where the modern city centre is). Rather modern western
city, I think, with some rather few remains from the
First we went to the Great Market Hall by the Danube with local
subway. The subway was 90 florents (0.40 EUR). The market hall was
huge, with lots of cheap food in the ground floor and tourist stuff in
After that, we went to a park in northeast Pest.
There were lots of fiddlers in Budapest. Most of them were really
horrible; they played just one simple, repeating tune, and totally
wrong. However, it sounded exotic enough to get people to toss coins.
There were also some beggars, etc. in Budapest.
Some bridges of Danube.
Kun viulun laulun kuulla saan,
käy aina aatos Tonavaan,
taas elän muistot kauneimmat
ja näen silmät rakkaimmat.
Taas Budapestin sillat nään,
ja kanssas kaiteen ääreen jään.
Taas sävel pustan helähtää
taas käsi käteen viipyin jää.
Kun nykyisyys mun herättää,
en enää siltaa luokses nää,
sun siellä tiedän kulkevan
ja jonkun syliin sulkevan.
Vaan sillat Budapestin nuo
haaveiden sillan luokses luo
ja sydän luonas olla saa
vaikk kättäs en voi koskettaa.
The beggar girl on the bridge had obviously tried to dress herself
like an old and miserable woman. She played her act rather badly, in
my opinion. A very funny example of people doing like the one man in
one of Sherlock Holmes stories.
I went to see the Vár (or whatever) fortress in Buda, overlooking
Danube and the center of Budapest. There was this railway up to the
hill, but I decided to walk.
The two fiddlers below were the first very good players I heard in
Budapest. The old man played... "badly".
I went to a cruise in the Danube river with some Ursa people. The
one-hour cruise costed about 15 EUR, which was quite a lot. Well, it
was rather nice, with tv monitors and a Finnish commentary from
Below is first the Vár citadel. After that is the parliament building,
which was a rather beautiful, with gothic-styled towers.
Next day, tuesday August 10th
The day before the eclipse.
In the morning, some of us went to a planetarium in the Népliget
park. Unfortunately, the presentation was in Hungarian, and quite
strongly targeted to children.
I went for a walk around Budapest again; this time alone.
There was a water faucet with a statue of Hermes in one street. It was
somewhat funny to see people putting their hands together as in a
prayer and bowing in front of this very fine pagan god. Nice and
tasty sacred water...
There was also a fountain of the Worshippers of Agony up one of the
hills. Looking from below, the water coming from the fountain was
rather pretty. The actual ''fountain'', which was located beneath the
massive statue (covered by bird droppings) blessing the city with his
unholy symbol, was really just a hole in a dirty concrete floor. It
looked very much like a public toilet, with the seat ripped off the
floor... (...or maybe not: maybe it was just a turkish toilet, which
are basicly just holes in the ground...)
There was also a church of the Worshippers of Agony inside the
hill. It was a stone labyrinth with very good acoustics. Many
torture statues there, but apparently also one statue of the nice goddess
The wall of the hill where the above fountain and church, and the
statue of liberty below were located, was rather interesting
looking. It was very steep; almost vertical, and full of strange caves
Then I went to top of the very steep hill, where the ''statue of
liberty'' stood besides the fortress Citadella Sétany. I
utilized my newly acquired solar-powered fan-hat, which I bought from
the market hall (1400fl, about 5.8 EUR).
So, there was the statue of liberty, or whatever. The first picture
here is taken from the nearby Vár hill. There was also this brutally
tragical statue of a sadistic barbarian (probably a Worshipper of
Agony) slaughtering an innocent, helpless, and beautiful little animal.
I bought a "Berg Art" thingie from a huckster. There is some sort of
oil inside, with two kinds of sand, and air bubbles. It is rather
interesting chaotic system.
HORRIBLE PORN IN THE STREETS!
Leaving to Székesfehérvár
In the evening, we left by a bus to Székesfehérvár, a city
located some 50 km south-west from Budapest. The "highway" was in
really bad shape; the whole bus shook like...something. I think it was
a concrete road, made of really badly fitted concrete slabs.
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