Weekend in Hungary
Despite that I just called everyone on Skype that will read this, I'm going to write it down anyway...you know for posterity or something. This weekend wasn't bad. Work has been frustrating and I've really missed Shari a lot. Most of this trip has been a real pain in the butt, but at least the weather cleared up and I got to walk around a bit.
Saturday Derek and I went to the museum of fine arts in Hero Square. I got to see one of my favorite El Greco paintings, and a great Gustave Moreau exhibit. I realize not everyone knows what I'm talking about (dad), so I posted some pictures below.
Salome Tattooed by Gustave Moreau. It's really hard to tell from this, but all of those white lines look like alchemic symbols floating in the air. It gives the whole painting the feeling of being "tattooed".
El Greco (the Greek's) The Disrobing of Christ. Again, the tiny rinky-dink photo I've posted doesn't do the painting justice. The reflections on the knight's armor are amazing, and Jesus has these eyes that make him look truly beatific.
We also saw some really cool mummified Egyptian crocodiles in the Egyptian section of the museum. Neither Derek nor I knew that the Egyptian"s did that. It's amazing what you can learn by looking at what people have robbed from graves.
after that we really were feeling pretty beat and took the rest of the afternoon off. I snapped a few pictures on the way back.
That night we went out on a pub crawl with a few friends from work. We met up with Miklos, Barbie, Adam, Gerzson, and Barbie's husband Dave. I didn't take an photos of that night, sorry. Sometimes it's better just to do it than to worry about trying to remember it. Miklos is a really cool guy, he's funny, interested in beer brewing, and knows all of the good communist bars in Budapest (apparently not a joke). I told him that the next time he is in the states I'd take him out to the Sunset Grill. Maybe we can go through a few hundred of the beers they have on tap.
Eventually Derek and Miklos took off and the rest of us made it to a place called "instant" that had a cool looking dance floor in the basement. It looked kind of like a disco version of the inside of an old castle. Actually, if you have ever seen "An American werewolf in Paris", it looks like the club in the beginning of the movie; except no werewolves... or Neo-Nazi... it's a weird movie. Anyway, even though I thought it looked cool on the inside, the lights started to make me feel sick. Damn strobes get me every time. Luckily, we didn't stay there long and I made it safely back to the hotel around 3:30 am.
I didn't get much sleep that night because I had to get early on Sunday morning. Derek and I had agreed the night prior to go to church the next day. Church really isn't my thing anymore, but Derek goes every Sunday and I felt obliged to go with him. He is my friend after all.
It was all wasted effort on my part though. Derek failed to wake early himself and we kind of missed our window of opportunity.
With no real plans for the day in mind we sat down in front of a tourist map of the city and looked for anything that interested us. I pointed out the Museum of Military History on the other side of the river and suggested that we go there. Derek thought it was interesting too so we headed out on foot.
On the way we passed by St. Stephen's Basilica. We took the chance to photograph it again. I had taken a few shot of it the last time I was here, but it was at night. This time, the doors were open and we went in for a look around.
outside above, inside below.
I lit a candle for my Grandmother who is fighting cancer. I'm not sure if my prayer's will get answered, but I know that praying will make her feel better.
After that we discovered this guy in the Square nearby. He looks remarkable close to a drawing I drew only a week before. Except for the hat in the drawing that is...but now that I've seen this guy I might redraw it to match.
I have no idea who this guy is...he just jumped into the photo and gave a big smile. Maybe he's drunk? I don't know.
Eventually we made it up the hill to the castle that I posted photos of last time. I took a bunch of photo's here, but I'm not going to post them all until later on. Here are a few highlights:
The view from the bridge.
A guy wary of the Falcon next to him.
Derek goofing off.
A cool statue.
the view from the other side of the castle.
Then we made it to the Military Museum and I took a lot of photo reference for The One State.
After that we went and got food, then went back to the hotel. I took a nap for a while because the jet lag was still bugging me. Around 9ish derek came over to my room and we watched "Robinhood: Prince of Thieves" on my laptop since we were both bored and too tired to go out.
That's all folks. I've been back to work since.