my guess is communism didn't have a lot of good things to say about
it. However, Hungary had their own version that was called "goulash
communism". It was said to be a little more laid back and Budapest
even had a McDonald's, the only one behind the Iron Curtain. I must
say though, on my first trip to Hungary when it was communist, the
guard at the border was so friendly and was thrilled when I wanted
to take his picture.
Maybe there was a little goulash?
So much had
changed in Hungary since that first visit. Part of that experience
had to be colored by the rain and grey skies every day. I don't remember
any color except grey anywhere. Now, Budapest is a thriving city full
of color, life, and a lot of the embarrassing American fast foods
chains that seem to be everywhere on the planet.
There are many
things to see while wandering the city. Top of my list included a
tour inside and around the Parliament
buildling. After that, there is Castle
Hill, the Basilica,
the Great Market Hall ,
Statue Park, and a cultural
show that included a night
cruise on the Danube. And, if your feet get tired and you want
to kick back, Budapest is a city of thermal
spas. It's one of those "must do" experiences.