Monthly Archives: May 2018


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Stara Gradiška

The doors have been removed from all the guard towers. The towers are accessible, but the ladders have been removed. Following the instructions of my mapping program I arrived at my destination and turned into the driveway of what seemed … Continue reading

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Glasses and the world

Guardian: While America hasn’t changed much when it comes to its suspicion of intellectuals,… I found this article humorous, and appreciated the Asimov piece as echoing the thoughts of many of us over the decades, but it reminded me of … Continue reading

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Stone Gate

This is a medieval entrance to the city. It’s billed as a tourist attraction and is well signposted, however it’s rather hidden around a couple turns in the street, and seems less impressive than I’d somehow expected. As advertised there … Continue reading

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Tunnel complex

This is an entrance to a system of tunnels built as a bomb shelter in 1943. The tunnels are long, there are six exits, and numerous auxiliary tunnels, necessitating signage. The Art Garden is to the right. In a cavernous … Continue reading

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A very pleasant, well-spoken college-age waiter asks what brings me to Croatia. I tell him I read about the war and wanted to see the Balkans for myself. “What did you hear about the war?” he asks. I tell him … Continue reading

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St. Stephen’s Basilica

In the plaza before St. Stephen’s a group spins about on their Segways, some apparently video-chatting.

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Orbán’s occupation monument

This leaflet was available in at least six languages. I read through the German version carefully and thought it indistinguishable from the English in both content and tone. I thought of the demonstrations I’ve attended where organizers are hard-pressed to … Continue reading

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Hungarian Parliament

Parliament building from the Nagy statue.

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Imre Nagy

This group is Scandinavian. I sat here for a while and watched groups of tourists – men, women, different nationalities – take photos with the statue. Some people just walk over the bridge. The metal is very slippery, posing a … Continue reading

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Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park

The entrance to the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park is through a synagogue after one pays 13 €. I think the only time I paid that much was for a combination ticket, for instance in Wien 15 € allowed you entrance … Continue reading

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