Today was a mixture of becoming more familiar with our surroundings, allowing our bodies to become accustomed to the Central European Time Zone, and learning a bit about the cultural history of Hungary. The day began at 3:00 am as our bodies told us it was time to rise (the plane trips really messed up our internal clocks). Some of us immediately had breakfast while others waited until a more reasonable breakfast time. After cat naps, we hiked down Andrassy Street to the Ferenc Lizst Memorial Museum.
Lizst was a famous Hungarian composer and pianist who lived between 1811 and 1886. His apartment is located in what was the Royal Academy of Hungarian Music. This is now a museum which contains artifacts of the composer’s life, among which were a couple dozen busts by various artisans, leading us to conclude that busts are the selfies of 1875.
A treat for today was the piano concert featuring a duet playing Bach, Shubert, Brahms, and Rachmaninov.
The pianists were excellent, but fatigue was setting in toward the end of the performance – so back to the flat for some lunch and another cat nap. The afternoon was spent down the other end of Andrassy Street at the National Opera House. Funded by royalty and built to segregate social classes during performances, this building was a nice tour. We learned how diplomats and businesspersons negotiated at this venue, while royalty went to be seen. We scouted the performances for the week to see whether ballet or opera would fit into the trip budget.
Elizabeth’s travel consultant boyfriend, Rick Steves, told her that obstructed view seats are available for as little as 200 Forints, which equates to $0.88. Of course, none of those seats were available today. After another trip to the supermarket, we secured enough food to get us through the next couple of days. One item that has gotten lost in the translation is lunch meat. We think the light brown meat with a chicken’s picture on the package is chicken. We have yet to figure out ham, so will study up on the matter so we can enjoy something other than PBJs for lunch. We figured out milk (tej), so lunchmeat shouldn’t be a problem.