The alarm woke me up at 8:00, and I readied and breakfasted to go downstairs by 9:00 to meet the physical therapist Nelson C. He explained his background, as we walked over to Október 6. utca to try to find Anna Dévény’s basement therapy clinic. We tried several doorways into courtyards, and finally Nelson called them to find how to get in. Anna Dévény was not available, but an administrative assistant brought us into an office to explain the history, approach (manual and rhythmic gymnastics) and the need for money. Although the woman could speak some English, she spoke in Hungarian and Nelson had to translate. We peeked in on a treatment, and got some specific information from a therapist. We were taken upstairs to a dance studio type room to watch a video. Everything was a brief overview of the Dévény Special Manual Technique & Gymnastics Method for cerebral palsy. We left about 11:30, so I had a couple hours of business-related learning and consultation to make my trip to Hungary a business expense.
Back at the Ls’ apartment, Kent and Brynne were playing games and Dot was doing our laundry. Once Kent’s pants were dry, we left to walk over to the train station, where one wing was turned into a McDonald’s.
|Nyugati Pályaudvar/West Railway Station|
|West Railway Station wing with McDonald's|
|Flag from McDonald's|
|Billboard for Vendizz/Wendy's|
|Hősök tere/Heroes' Square|
|View of Városliget/City Park|
|Vajdahunyad vára/Vajdahunyad Castle|
|Romanesque chapel of Vajdahunyad Castle|
|Romanesque chapel (PBB)|
We went into the Agricultural Museum for 50 Forints/adult and 30 Forints for Brynne, and were sidetracked by all the outdoor exhibits with animals including horses, plows, insects, etc. We saw the statue (1903) of Anonymous, the first Hungarian chronicler of King Béla III. His identity is disputed by scholars, so sculptor Miklós Ligeti gave him a hood.
|Fővárosi Állatkert/Budapest Zoo ticket|
|Tamiko and Brynne with a llama (KSS)|
|The Elephant House|
|Kent and Brynne with the camels|
|Two-humped Camelus bactrianus/Bactrian Camel|
|Baby Hippopotamus amphibius|
|Zoo wrought-iron fence|
|So-called basketball court|
|Brynne-sized auto (Fiat 126)|
|Deteriorating building with possible bullet holes|
|United States Embassy to the left, Soviet War Memorial to the right|
|Hasbro sold at this toy store|
Next: Farm Country.