To finish our time in Budapest, we visited a couple museums
yesterday as a class. First, we visited the National Museum and
Galleries on Castle Hill in Buda. This museum took us through time
and showed Hungarian art in the different time periods of history.
The second museum we visited was the Holocaust Memorial Museum,
which was very well laid out. I especially liked the museum because
there was a lot of video footage shown and pictures lining the
walls. Personally I like visual representation better than purely
reading about an event. The museum meshed our two academic classes,
it incorporated Hungarian history and well as the Roma’s fate in
World War 2. The Roma population suffered greatly during the
Holocaust, and their treatment was just as bad, if not worse, than
that of the Jewish population. The picture I have included in this
blog entry is a small part of a memorial for the victims of the
Holocaust: a wall with their names inscribed on it. After the
museums a couple of us went to a little tea house. It was a very
cute little place where patrons sit on the floor on pillows to
drink their tea. The ceiling was greatly lowered to encourage this.
There were over 100 kinds of tea, I got the Bora Bora, an “exotic
fruit tea”. I have included the description below. Leonardo really
liked this place! He didn’t even have to duck when walking around
:). Today we pack up and leave for Prague on an 8 hour bus ride.
The scenery should be beautiful as we head north to the last stop
on our program. I was pleasantly surprised with the city of
Budapest, I didn’t know much about it before this trip. The people
are nice, the layout of the city and the river is beautiful, and
most importantly, the food is great! I hope to be back here
someday. For now, it’s off to the Czech Republic!