May
28
2009

Mothers’ Day

Chris and I celebrated my first Mothers’ Day this year. It felt a little like cheating considering motherhood has been pretty easy up to this point. Besides the baby’s current obsession with punching me in the bladder, it’s been a walk in the park. So to celebrate this fact alone, we decided to take: a walk in the park.

On our way to the People's Park, as it's known here, Chris bought me a rose at one of the many flower stands that dot the city. I really do love the walkable nature of Budapest. Just stroll down the street and in one block you will walk by a flower stand, a grocery store, a Turkish gyros restaurant, a lotto kiosk, a cafe, and a 24-hour market (known as "ABC, 0-24, Non-Stop" here--as if one title weren't enough).

On our way to the People's Park, as it's known here, Chris bought me a rose at one of the many flower stands that dot the city. I really do love the walkable nature of Budapest. Just stroll down the street and in one block you will walk by a flower stand, a grocery store, a Turkish gyros restaurant, a lotto kiosk, a cafe, and a 24-hour market (known as "ABC, 0-24, Non-Stop" here--as if one title weren't enough).

People's Park is sort of Budapest's Central Park. You can find all sorts of activities and things to see here. This is a giant hourglass that rolls around on itself when all the sand empties to the bottom. We think it runs on a 24-hour cycle, but didn't stick around to find out.

People's Park is sort of Budapest's Central Park. You can find all kinds of activities to do and things to see here. This is a giant hourglass that rolls around on itself when all the sand empties to the bottom. We think it runs on a 24-hour cycle, but didn't stick around to find out.

This was my favorite sculpture at the park. It starts as a huge block of stainless steel (on the left here) and gradually erodes into rusted columns. Along with the giant swaths of cobblestone, it has an air of Soviet "largess".

This was my favorite sculpture at the park. It starts as a huge block of stainless steel (on the left here) and gradually erodes into rusted columns. Along with the giant swaths of cobblestone, it has an air of Soviet "largesse".

This was the most peculiar sculpture there. At first I thought nothing of it, until I remembered that we are not in the U.S. and seeing a giant statue of Washington and a bald eagle should strike as out of place. The inscription completes the weirdness: "To The Memory of Washington, The Hungarians of America, 1906." My biggest question is how this statue managed to survive both World Wars and 40 years of Communist dictatorship. Nobody messes with George, I guess.

This was the most peculiar sculpture there. At first I thought nothing of it, until I remembered that we are not in the U.S. and seeing a giant statue of Washington and a bald eagle should strike me as out of place. The inscription completes the weirdness: "To The Memory of Washington, The Hungarians of America, 1906." My biggest question is how this statue managed to survive both World Wars and 40 years of Communist dictatorship. Nobody messes with George, I guess.

There is a plethora of castles in Budapest, and this one was quite lovely. Being the lazy tourists that we were on this day, however, we have no idea who lived here or what its history is. But that guy in this photo sure is poised for action with his camera. Maybe he knows something we don't...

There is a plethora of castles in Budapest, and this one was quite lovely. Being the lazy tourists that we were on this day, however, we have no idea who lived here or what its history is. But the guy in this photo sure looks poised for action with his camera. Maybe he knows something we don't...

If Washington was the weirdest sculpture, this was the scariest. But look at how carefree these children are, even though they are standing directly in front of a Ringwraith?

If Washington was the weirdest sculpture, this was the scariest. But look at how carefree these children are, even though they are standing directly in front of a Ringwraith? Hurry kids! His piercing scream alone will be enough to kill you all! Especially you, little boy in the background wearing nothing but blue underpants! Oh no, my nerd is showing.

All in all, it was a lovely Mothers' Day. I would like to end this post by showing you this photo I am titling "Contrast." Notice the beautiful flowers to the right of the frame, and the grumpy-looking husband on the left. Who can blame him, though? We were hungry and on our way to eat giant burritos. He didn't want to take the time to smell the irises.

All in all, it was a lovely Mothers' Day. I would like to end this post by showing you a photo I am titling "Contrast." Notice the beautiful flowers to the right of the frame, and the grumpy-looking husband on the left. I can't blame him, though. We were hungry and on our way to eat giant burritos. He didn't want to take the time to smell the pansies.

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4 Comments »

  • I love this blog!! It’s so great to hear about your adventures.

    Comment | May 30, 2009
  • michelle hillestad

    i love it too! you two are fantastic and we miss you!

    Comment | May 30, 2009
  • carrie ann

    Inquiring minds want to know… when is it you are making an appearance in the Minny Apple? oh and p.s. i too love this blogggggggggggggg.

    Comment | May 31, 2009
  • Laura & Miles

    happy mother’s day!

    Comment | June 1, 2009

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