Currently retired and a volunteer staff person in the Office of Emerging Ministries of MCC (Metropolitan Community Churches). Born in the South End of Boston in 1943; entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in July of 1961 at 17 years of age; missionary in Baghdad and Cairo in 60's and early 70's; religious educator; grief counselor; hospice chaplain; currently MCC pastor. A varied life with lots of experiences in cross cultural work.
It has been an interesting day. We began finalizing travel and lodging plans for your Saturday trip to Belgrade. We will fly from Bucuresti to Timisoara and then take a minibus to Belgrade. After that, we went out to see a museum that Florin wanted to see. It was a long walk - our most usual method of transportation these days. The museum is called House of Terror. On the outside it is gray/drab. It is a place where there are artifacts from a realy difficult and shameful period of Hungarian history - the Nazi and Communist years. The first thing you see is a real tank from the period. Everything inside the museum is almost colorless. There are replicas of prison cells and torture chambers and thousands of pictures of the victims and the victimizers. A particularly difficult film clip was an interview fifty years later between a group of women who had been imprisoned and a female guard who had been their keeper. Jews were decimated and sent to the camps. It really was a house of terror. We finally had to leave, both of us deeply affected by what we saw. It is difficult for Ameicans to understand what the people of Eastern Europe have lived through. That history has left a great scar on the collective psyche.
We walked a lot in the rain after that experience to Millenium Square, built to commemorate 1000 years of Christianity in Hungary. Since the rain was getting heavy, we took the subway a few stops back to Oktagon Square and found an excellent restaurant for our last meal in Budapest. Florin had a lamb dish and I had roasted butterfish over spinach risotto. I don't know what butterfish is but it was excellent. We then took the metro back to our apartment to get ready to leave for the train station.