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NOVEMBER 14, 2012 11:15AM

TO HELL WITH RONALD REAGAN!

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I mock-shocked our tour guide and an American fellow tourist with this declaration.

But we'd just toured the Hungarian parliament,

 

a splendid building, a Palace of the People, gilt and all the Euro trimmings, much too fine a place (and too quick a pace) for a pee...which was becoming more urgent.  And I ain't as young as I used to be (my fellow old ladies will grok what I mean).

So when we were toured out of the building and across the street to inspect a wall with bullet holes (marked by balls) from the Commie days

 

and gawped at the peace bridge (ironically, a bridge to nowhere, strictly ornamental),

 

and then marched off to see the statue of Ronald Reagan (pic stolen from internet, since I didn't get there),

who was some kind of hero to the Hungarians ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"), I balked.

"To hell with Ronald Reagan - where's a bathroom?" 

Mr. Wormburger, our guide, said I should try the restaurants across the street.  I went to the first one, EAT-talian Pizza, but they were washing the floor upon opening and wouldn't let me in.  Their rival, a lesser-named pizza place, were very gracious and a nice gentleman escorted me to the stairwell.

So if you go to Budapest and do a tour of the parliament buildings, which is practically de rigueur, and you're then a mite peckish, go across the street to the peace bridge and just across from that please patronize the pizza place that is not EAT-talian.  Grazie. (Pronounce the "e" [as aye], or should I use the Hungarian: Köszönöm, pronounced kur-sur-nurm.)  

Note - I was in Budapest only two days and didn't learn how to say thank you, or anything else, but made like an Ugly American, haha, that's what they'd think I was*, and spoke only English, but LOUD.  In Italy, I did learn to say grah-see-aye, but that became necessary because I drank many cappuccinos and therefore had to find many bathrooms, and vice versa.  On guided tours one seldom has to find for oneself - tour guides are very conscientious about the bathroom thing...normally...but this was the last day and I think Mr. Wormburger was somewhat annoyed.  (I had been a bit of a nuisance FTTT.)

 

*I've heard of American tourists putting Canadian flags on their luggage to avoid the Ugly American expectation; rude Canadians do our own national duty by passing as American. 

American abroad? Try traveling Canadian - US news - Weird news ...

www.msnbc.msn.com/.../american-abroad-try-traveling-... - United States

7 Dec 2004 – Clothing kit sold as disguise for wary tourists ... There's a Canadian flag T-shirt, a Canadian flag lapel pin and a Canadian patch for luggage or ...

Note - All the Americans on our tour were very nice, thoughtful and polite.

P.P.S. - I'm not a Reagan fan ANYway, tho the wall bit was probably A Good Thing.

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I totally understand the need for a bathroom over Reagan. I did love that he tore down that wall tho and was an actor. Aren't we all actors on the stage of life? Lovely photos.
Thoroughly understandable...they built the Reagan library in the most Republican congressional district in California, which includes the city of Simi Valley... I always wanted to pull up into the parking lot and unload a giant redwood stump with a brass plaque that reads, "You've seen one tree, you've seen them all..." Reagan's response to the BLMDoF practice of clear cutting in national forests... Reagan's aesthetic solution to eco-complaints: "Don't cut the trees next to the road and nobody will notice the difference." R&R ;-)
at least i know where to relieve my bladder in budapest.
as soon as i get there.

he is a hero here , too, still, back in the usa.
musta been when he said in 76
"Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal"
or
"The smoke from burning marijuana contains many more cancer-causing substances than tobacco. And if that isn’t enough it leads to bronchitis and emphysema. If adults want to take such chances that is their business. But surely the communications media ... should let four million youngsters know what they are risking. "
in 79
at least i know where to relieve my bladder in budapest.
as soon as i get there.

he is a hero here , too, still, back in the usa.
musta been when he said in 76
"Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal"
or
"The smoke from burning marijuana contains many more cancer-causing substances than tobacco. And if that isn’t enough it leads to bronchitis and emphysema. If adults want to take such chances that is their business. But surely the communications media ... should let four million youngsters know what they are risking. "
in 79
at least i know where to relieve my bladder in budapest.
as soon as i get there.

he is a hero here , too, still, back in the usa.
musta been when he said in 76
"Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal"
or
"The smoke from burning marijuana contains many more cancer-causing substances than tobacco. And if that isn’t enough it leads to bronchitis and emphysema. If adults want to take such chances that is their business. But surely the communications media ... should let four million youngsters know what they are risking. "
in 79
Okay, if I do a series of replies, it's not to add to comment count, really it isn't. It's just that I've lost the whole of my replies TWICE now. Dunno if it's OS or my little finger twitching on the ultra-sensitive mouse. Gonna give up and have lunch now.
Yeah, we're all actors, and a point in R's favor that it was out in the open. Reminds me of a bipolar person I know who says, "I'm crazy, and I have the papers to prove it." We're all actors, and crazy. And we all need bathroom breaks.

JMac - Many nice drives thru Wash. State due to leaving the trees next to the road ... only the occasional disturbing glimpse of the naked landscape beyond...

James - oh dear, gonna be a lot of coughing and wheezing (and snacking). Actually, I know someone who attributes his COPD to heavy use in his youth.....but of course I knew a number of people who died from lung cancer....
I love the idea of rude Canadians passing as Americans. Sounds like a great trip.
I was hoping you relieved yourself on Reagan's statute.
I was hoping you relieved yourself on Reagan's statute.
How things change. He enjoys some popularity in some parts of Eastern Europe but when I was in the USSR in the early 80s he was reviled and it wasn't much different in the rest of Europe during his term in office. Are they still doing that maple leaf switcheroo?
jlsathre - yup, we aren't all *polite* and grey.

Tom - it's a little hard for a woman to pee on a statue...and I didn't think to bring along my U-Go-Girl, a specialized little funnel for just these occasions.

Abrawang - I dunno about the switcheroo...it may always have been more myth than reality.