The past view days I have been pretty busy with academic work. Yesterday we visited the Roma parliament in Budapest. We talked about how important the parliament is to the Hungarian Roma and talked to Roma who have been very successful in life. It was refreshing to hear a few success stories!
Wednesday we visited the Hungarian Natural History Museum. There we learned about the history of Hungary and it’s involvement in the Roman and Hapsburg empires. The museum takes you through time, dedicating a room to each time period. They displayed coins, common dress, war weapons, and jewelry. It was very interesting to see the progression through time! I was fascinated by the coins and how surprisingly similar they are to modern day coins. They were very well preserved, you could still see the designs on the face of the coins. Today was a beautiful sunny day, so I took the time to get out and see part of the city! Leonardo and I walked over a bridge to see Margaret Island, an island in the middle of the Danube River. It is a beautiful island that has been turned into a recreational park with great views of the river and city. There were many dogs on the island which made the environment pleasant! :). I loved the feeling of walking through an uncrowned, tranquil place again. It reminded me of home.
Tomorrow afternoon I am leaving for a weekend trip to Venice! The gelato is calling my name :). Although the city has been flooded for part of the day recently, I still think it will be a great experience to see such a unique place.