Stenographers write down every word, noise, etc. that occur here. They come in the room through the red curtain every eight minutes. We were told that they often win best stenographers in the world contests. Maybe this should be an Olympic sport.
The Parliament building holds the crown jewels, and they are guarded by soldiers with swords!! You can’t take any pictures of the crown, orb, and scepter. However, in the Buda Castle, they had a copy of these jewels.
We went to the House of Terror. This museum is about period of the Nazis in Hungary and then being “freed” by the Soviets. The exhibits cover atrocities that were committed by these two groups. We later learned that there was a third active group called the Hungarian Arrow Cross who were killing their own “undesirable” people. This is played down here. I guess it depends who is writing the history.
At the end everyone clapped in unison. It sounded funny as there was an echo. Also, there were MANY curtain calls for each actor who took DEEP, LONG bows with their hands on their hearts. My hands got very tired of clapping. I wasn’t sure if I could keep up!!!