Tag Archives: Budapest

This Week in European Sign Posts

Last month, my husband and I went to Prague, Budapest, and Vienna on a tour.  It was a wonderful 10 days and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.  I highly recommend going to Europe in the fall.  It’s not too cold but the lines are short.

While I was there, I noticed the street signs.  I love street signs.  I often wonder what people are thinking when they decide THAT should represent a pedestrian zone or a one way street.

I thought, for an extra special treat, I’d share some of my faves.

In this area, men in hats can walk holding hands with little girls.

In this area, men in hats can walk holding hands with little girls.

Here they cannot

Here they cannot

Here, men in hats can walk holding hands with little girls (who look to have a slight limp?)

Here, men in hats can walk holding hands with little girls (who look to have a slight limp?)

And, finally, here men and women can stand around and talk as long as they are dressed nicely.

And, finally, here men and women can stand around and talk as long as they are dressed nicely.

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A Joke I Heard from a Hungarian Dissident

Kevin and I are touring Budapest and we went in a walking tour. Our tour guide was a dissident in Hungary during the Soviet Occupation. He knew the organizers for the 1956 revolution (he has a piece of the Stalin statue they brought down) and he was there for the liberation in 1989.

I’ve been asking him all sorts of questions about his life and his political opinions.

He was forced out of his job as a professor at a university and he worked as a taxi driver and window washer.

I asked if he was scared and he said no. The Hungarian Secret police would follow him constantly. He knew they’d always be there and tapping his phone.
Here is the joke he told me:

A Swedish man was visiting his friend in Hungary. His friend told him how in the middle of the night, a bunch of men wearing black jumped out of a black car and broke into his house.
The Swedish man said, “Did you call the police?”