The Faces of a Communist Past
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Struggled to get out of bed today but managed to get to Deak square to catch the bus to Momento Park. During communist times, there were many socialist statues on display in locations all around the city which celebrated the socialist leaders and the workers ideal. Rather than destroy these relics after the cold war, the Budapest authorities decided to build a park/attraction.
Momento Park is about a 30 minute bus ride out of the city centre and houses around 50 statues from the times when Hungary was a communist dictatorship. There are some fabulous bronze and stone statues here in that distinct Soviet era style. Was a bit disappointed with the pictures I took but the weather was poor on the day.
In addition to the park there is a building showing 1950s government training films for the secret
I was back in town for about 1:30 and just pottered around the shops. Found a café with free wi-fi so spent an hour nursing a beer while I updated my by blog and cleared my emails out.
Went out for dinner with two girls, one English (very cute) and one Aussie (they are everywhere!) . They were both experienced hostellers and entertained me by swapping increasingly outrageous and scary travelling experiences. These varied from being robbed in their sleep to being gassed on a night train and many included various levels of depraved behaviour from other room mates. A fun time and went back to the hostel and had a few beers with them before calling it a night. Vienna tomorrow.