Today we went to a teacher's rally, in the Parliament building. It was all in Hungarian, so we didn't understand it at the time, but it was about the government's education policies that will make it hard to even buy pencils without loads of paperwork. They are also worried about changes being made to how they teach.
It was the biggest Hungarian rally for two years. It was pretty difficult getting through the huge crowd of people, the newspapers said there were about ten thousand people there.We found ourselves stuck in the middle of the crowd, it was really hard to get through. People were singing and chanting, and there were moments of silence. Nobody wanted to move into the rain to let us pass, even for a second.
We got through the crowd. FINALLY! And found an awesome ice cream place. They did special flower shaped ice cream! It was great. One flavour on the inside, like a rose, and the other flavour on the outside as extra petals. We loved it. I got raspberry on the inside and mango on the outside.
Wil got Oreo ice cream on the inside, and passion fruit, papaya,and peach ice cream on the outside.
They were the best ice creams ever!
Later that day, we went to the Basilica Budapest, a cathedral sort of thing. We watched part of the service in the grandest hall I've ever seen!
On the way home we passed a monument
that shows Archangel Gabriel who is a symbol of Hungary, being attacked by a huge eagle who represents the Nazis during World War II. The government built it to say that all of the Hungarian people were victims of the Nazis too. But that wasn't really true. There were Hungarian people actively helping the the Nazis to persecute the Jewish people and there were lots of people who did nothing to stop them, which is just as bad because it's letting the bullies be mean and bad which means they were bullies as well. The Hungarian government was on the side of the German Nazi party during the war and together they killed 565,000 HungarianJews. Some died in Hungary and others in camps in other countries.
The Hungarian people knew that the sculpture was wrong, so they placed shoes, photos, suitcases, flowers and other objects to tell the lives of the real victims of the war, the Jewish people. The government has allowed this counter monument to stay and has never cleaned it up.
It made me feel kind of sad and kind of happy. Happy because even if it made the country look weak because people were fighting against their government or if it made them look bad because they were pointing out their own faults, they did it anyway because they knew the government was wrong. It made me sad because it told a very sad story.