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All that remains from the statue of Stalin that was demolished in 1956

I spent the day making up for the fact I managed to do nothing the previous day.  I started out at Statue Park, which holds statues of the communist era that were removed from the streets of Budapest following all of the political changes in 1989-90.  Apparently this is one of a kind as most everything else was just destroyed.  It was interesting enough, but figuring out how to get there proved to take up more time than the actual park.  Some pieces were being repaired, which meant a reduced entrance fee, but the whole thing took me about 30 minutes to stroll.  It was also pretty darn warm so I didn't want to linger too long.

After that I made my way back into town as this park was literally in the middle of nowhere.

Liberty Statue on Citadel Hill
  I decided to hike up to the tallest lookout point, which also is home to the Liberty Statue put in place after WWII to commemorate the country's liberation but not taken down during Soviet rule as it had become a big part of the cityscape apparently.  Along the way I happened upon a church dug inside a cave.  I was soaked by the time I reached the top, so I just sat and enjoyed the views and had an ice cream until I cooled off.

It was still early enough in the day so I set off to find the Castle Labyrinth.  None of the guidebooks really laid out how to find it, only that it was underneath Castle Hill. I finally found a map showing the entrance on the other side of the hill from where I was, so time for another climb up.  I got my exercise yesterday to be sure.

View of Budapest
  I set out in the direction I thought it was, way on the other end of the castle area.  It was a good walk but there was no sign of the entrance.  I finally reached the spot I thought it was located, and I found a you are here sign that showed I had passed it sometime back.  Great.  I set off back again, finally reaching the place and kicking myself because the sign above the door was one I had remarked to myself earlier how cool it was as I past it.  Perhaps if I would have noticed it was a labyrinth with a lantern in the middle earlier?

So I found my way down there, and it was so nice (at first).  Finally, some place cool as hardly a place here has a/c.  I paid to get in and set off.  After a short while I had to ask myself, why in the hell did I think it a good idea to go down into a dimly lit cave alone?  I mean, hardly anyone else was down there so I was in some caverns totally by myself and they had creepy music playing and statues that almost seemed real.

One of those dimly lit corridors
  My pace began to quicken and pretty soon I was going like a bat out of hell until, that is, I reached a room that smelled of wine.  It was a small room home to just a centerpiece that spouted out wine, well, it tasted as much.  Yes, I tried it even though there was no indication one should.  After that I kept making my way until the Labyrinth of Courage.  Basically, there was no light, only a thread along the right wall which you were to hold onto to make your way through.  I hesitated a bit about this.  A couple went in first and I waited until they were in a while and set off.  I could hear their voices in the distance which helped because yes, it was dark and you could only shuffle along for footing.  I heard them exit a door and kept going faster realizing I was alone in there, and I swear I felt something brush up against me.
  I was almost running at that point and saw a door with a bit of light underneath and started pushing it and pushing to no avail.  OK, breathe, don't panic.  I finally had the sense to grab for a door handle and made my way free.  That brought me to the end of this crazy adventure underneath the castle. 

After all the day's excitement I set off for the hostel.  Now the hostel I am in is a chilled out house where everyone just parties, some never really leaving the place during the day.  Unfortunately an incident last month almost got them shut down so they chase everyone inside at 9 p.m.  So we all ended up drinking in the common room, like 20 of us cramped in there, listening to folks play the guitar, and I think there were about five different conversations in five different languages going on simultaneously.  It was cool enough but I still miss my Danes!

Today is damn hot so I'm going to search out some shade and finish my book.

marycullenpemberton says:
It's me again. Never proof read...
I am as always YOUR mom
Posted on: Aug 23, 2007
marycullenpemberton says:
You are also surely braver than you mom.
love ya bunches
Posted on: Aug 23, 2007
chrisrae says:
I'll be thinking of you and the whole team! Take a lot of pictures and most importantly, have fun!
Posted on: Aug 23, 2007
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All that remains from the statue o…
All that remains from the statue …
Liberty Statue on Citadel Hill
Liberty Statue on Citadel Hill
View of Budapest
View of Budapest
One of those dimly lit corridors
One of those dimly lit corridors
Play time on WWII gun?
Play time on WWII gun?
Nice buns!
Nice buns!
This is inside the labyrinth, very…
This is inside the labyrinth, ver…
Another cavern
Another cavern
The Wine Room
The Wine Room
Chapel inside a cave
Chapel inside a cave
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photo by: Chokk