WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE: REFLECTIONS ON BUDAPEST

One of the most worthwhile things I did on a recent trip to Budapest was take time to walk around the city and admire its diverse architecture.

In the past, like much of central and Eastern Europe, the city endured occupation by fascist and communist forces, suffered countless deaths to these totalitarian regimes, and was destroyed and rebuilt during and after WWII. Unlike some other places though, that are so palpably aware and painfully remorseful for their own tragic history that you can sense a determined distance from it, Budapest didn’t just acknowledge or betoken bygone times. It allowed me to feel for a moment that I had stepped back into the past, and entered into a reality that no longer exists.

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