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September 15th, 2004 at 9:53 pm

ok, I need to make a start somewhere

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It’s a very hard thing, it is, having too much to blog about.

One of my favourite places in Budapest was Statue Park. With the downfall of the Communist regime, an enterprising proto-capitalist (there’s always one) rescued many of the political statues – which had hitherto dominated the city’s streets – before they were carted off and unceremoniously melted down, placed them all in an open-air exhibition a short bus ride from the city’s centre, built a wall around them and now charges tourists a small fee to view them. (Not to mention producing an irresistible range of tacky souvenirs to commemorate the experience.) It’s a total tourist trap. But it’s absolutely fascinating. I had my photo taken with Mr Lenin and Mr Marx. (And now can’t find the appropriate pictures. Grrr. Another time.) It’s interesting how these statues which must have been so brooding and dominating when placed at strategic points across the city could be transformed into such a freak show. Compelling viewing though.

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2 Responses to “ok, I need to make a start somewhere”

  1. Miss Trish Says:

    Good to see you’ve started to blog about your trip! Now anything else in life must wait until you’ve completed retelling your adventure or else you will be torn as to what to write about! And thanks for the postcard – it arrived yesterday! It will be the first postcard on my noticeboard here and add to my attempts to personalise my office (it still looks a bit like I’m a temp, though I’ve been here for over 4 weeks).

  2. hexod.us Says:

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