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Wil 14/3/16

Today we walked to the Buda Hills and climbed up János Hill. We wanted to take the chairlift up, but the line of people was about two hundred metres long, so we just walked. The reason the queue was so long was because it was a public holiday. The public holiday was the anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. The Hungarian Revolution was when Hungary won their independence from the Austrian Empire. Their independence only lasted until 1867.

Near the start of the walk there was a split path. Everyone wanted to take the flatter way which was longer, but Luca and I wanted to take the steep path. In the end the long way was really fun, because I found a huge shortcut. The adults reached the top exactly 16 minutes, 46.56 seconds later. When we got to the top, we realised that we could've taken a bus. We had climbed the highest peak in the city.

At the top was a look out called Erzsébet. Erzsébet is Hungarian for Elizabeth. The tower was built in 1911 and was named after Empress Elizabeth who was the empress of Austria and the Queen of Hungary. Elizabeth was assassinated in 1898. The reason the lookout was named after the Empress of Austria after the Hungarians fought so hard for independence was because the Hungarian people liked her. When the Austro-Hungarian Empire was formed in 1867, she made sure the Hungarian people the same amount of power as the Austrians.

We decided to go to the park a bit further down the mountain, on the way we got to eat Langos (pronounced 'langosh') which is deep fried bread with either cheese, cheese and sour cream or garlic. I got cheese, Luca got garlic and Olive got sour cream and cheese.

Other friends came on the walk with us. Jerome and his family are friends of ours. His son, Jonathan played soccer with us on the mountain. The teams were Jonathan, Luca, Alex and myself versus dad, Brett, Jerome and Olive. The scores were five, four our way. I scored four out of five of our goals, Jonathan got the other one.

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Olive 13/3/16

Today we went to Heroes' Square, it was built in 1896 on the thousandth anniversary of Hungary. Heroes' Square is huge! It's amazing.

The huge monument in the middle of the square was built to celebrate the thousandth anniversary of the Hungarian State. The Magyars are the seven chief dudes, who led their tribes to Hungary. Their statues are just below the pillar in the middle. The names of the chief dudes are not known, though I named them: Bill, Bob, Jeff, Jimmy, Tom and Beard Dude. Don't ask. Statues of Kings and other important people are standing on top of the other columns curving around the central pillar. (I didn't get around to naming them). On top of the central pillar is a statue of Archangel Gabriel, (I named her Lady Of Full Hands) holding the holy crown and the double cross of Christianity.

We climbed up to the horses and the chief dudes, they were going green with age, the horses had every detail of the blankets carved into the metal of the saddles, and the men all wore stern expressions on their faces and held long pikes and spears. Bill the chieftain was my favourite because he held a funny rounded mace and his horse looked terrified, I don't know why.

I thought it was awesome! There was a wall in a semi circle around the back of the statues, we climbed a flight of stairs to the top. The view was amazing! You could see many churches from where we were.

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Wil 12/3/16

Today we arrived at Budapest, Hungary to stay with our old school friends Luca, Davide, Alex, Paulo and their parents Brett and Maria. We travelled by super fast train from Vienna. The trip took 3 hours and the speed we travelled was approximately 275km per hour.

The apartment is super awesome. The ceilings are nearly 4 metres high, dad's used to ducking down when walking though the houses, so he still ducked even though he didn't have to. It is a huge house. We slept in Alex and Paulo's room and they slept with Luca and Davide.

The apartment is in a building that is in the shape of a rectangular figure eight. The part of the building that is the crossbar of the figure eight separates two courtyards and has floors halfway up the windows to double the number of floors. Brett thinks that this section was originally the housing for the servants.

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Budapest was originally two cities, Buda and Pest. They became one city in 1872. One side of the Danube river is Buda and the other side is Pest. They are connected by eight amazing bridges, each structure provides a different view of the awesomeness of the city.

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Olive 11/3/16

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Today we went to a museum. It was about a man called Friedensreich Hundertwasser who was an artist. His art was about the burden that human cities put on nature, and how we are guests of nature in this world so we must give respect. There were drawings that looked like faces but when you looked closer, they became buildings, and visa versa. There were tapestries, paintings and models of his buildings.

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The link to the museum is here: https://www.kunsthauswien.com/en/museum/art-and-style

I really liked it, it was a fun way of making art.

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(These photos are from the museum website because we weren't allowed to take photos inside the museum but they are of the same thing.)

Hundertwasser wasn't the surname he was born with, his surname Stowasser. In 1965 he changed his name to something that suited his art and his personality more.

His adopted surname is based on the translation of "sto" (the Slavic word for "(one) hundred") into German. The name Friedensreich also means "Peace-realm" or "Peace-rich" (in the sense of "peaceful"). Therefore, his name Friedensreich Hundertwasser translates directly into English as "Peace-Realm Hundred-Water". The other names he chose for himself, Regentag and Dunkelbunt, translate to "Rainy day" and "Darkly multi-coloured".

Now here is a back story on Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Hundertwasser was Jewish and during theSecond World War he and his mother Elsa, avoided being treated with hostility and ill-treatment, by posing as Christians. Hundertwasser's father had been a Catholic and Hundertwasser was baptised in 1935. To make sure he wasn't noticed, Hundertwasser also joined the Hitler Youth which must have been a very difficult time for him.

After the war, he spent three months at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna where he began to sign his art as Hundertwasser instead of Stowasser. He left to travel using a small set of paints he carried everywhere to sketch anything that caught his eye. Hundertwasser held his exhibition in Vienna in 1952 which launched his career as an artist.

Beginning in the early 1950s he also entered the field of architecture. Hundertwasser worked in the field of applied art and designed flags, stamps, coins, and posters.

He designed a new idea for the Australian flag, based on Ayers Rock and a seven pointed star, representing the seven states and territories of Australia.

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(The photo is from http://www.flagsaustralia.com.au/newflag.html because we weren't allowed to take photos inside the museum.)

Hinder teaser died in the year 2000, age 71 and is buried under a cherry tree in his garden called the Living Dead. The cherry trees roots rap around him like a blanket.

Outside on the wall, we found this.

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Wil 11/3/16

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Today we went to see the Hundertwasser-Krawina House, which is a social housing project in Vienna. Social housing means that the building is owned by the government or not-for-profit organisation like a charity or community housing business and the rent is lower than privately owned properties. About a hundred and fifty people live there, and has about fifty flats, four shops, two children play areas, a winter garden and a medical office. It's named after the original architect and artist who designed it, Professor Josef Krawina and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

It is a building with loads of different colours, patterns of tiles and trees coming out of the windows. In the summer time it turns into a giant bushy forest. I think it looks super awesome.

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Outside there was a walkway with a funny face as the drainage hole, when it rains the water comes out of the mouth. Under that there was a bunch of mounds built out of concrete tiles and broken grave stones. Also outside Hundertwasser made the floor really wavy, it was the same in the shops, corridors in between the apartments and the foyer. He wanted to make a connection between the city and nature. There used to be a fountain in the middle but it was covered it up, I don't know why.

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The different colours indicate different houses and are separated by dark lines and mosaic tiles. Hundertwasser wanted people to be able to call it their home so he let them decorate what ever they wanted within an arms reach of the exterior of the window. He wanted people to feel equal so he added features from castles like onion towers.

The building was supposed to have environmentally friendly building materials. He wanted to use bricks, wood, natural glue, natural paints and a heat exchanger pump to heat the water. He also wanted to make an automated watering system for the plants. The government wouldn't pay for every Hundertwasser wanted so it is only partly environmentally friendly.

I looks really cool but I wouldn't live there.

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