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Eastern Europe trip: part 3
for love of the game, precision power tool, communion
innie_darling
[no, I don't know where this will end either - maybe by part 9?]

So there were two things that surprised me about Eastern Europe broadly that Budapest encapsulated quite nicely. The first was the persistence of art, whether for its own sake or serving a (political) motive, in the streets and every public space available. The second was the persistence of certain figures - namely, Shakespeare and Holmes and Watson. I saw these three guys pretty much every day of this two-week trip. So, a little from Column A: And a little from Column B: . This was also pretty confusing, but Pretzel Guy seemed willing to roll with it, so I followed his example: .

We spent a lovely morning walking down Andrássy út (Budapest's answer to the Champs Elysees, apparently) . (I'm not imagining things, right? This dude legit has fangs, right?)
. Anyway, Andrássy út led us down to Heroes' Square and then into the park, where we found the baths, a church, and a castle (you get two out of three). And I did a little window-shopping: (you don't even know how much I wanted one of those little piggies).

This same entry also appears on Dreamwidth, at http://innie-darling.dreamwidth.org/452296.html.
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It's already a little odd that people whose native language is not English would embrace Shakespeare so much—but Holmes and Watson? Do you have any idea why?

I can imagine two scenarios - one, that these are the works that have been translated into nearly every language on earth, and two, that going to these places is a sign of Anglophilia. People do like detective stories, and there doesn't seem to be another fictional detective with the same pull as Holmes - I was never sure if that was how it seemed to me simply because I am English-speaking and grew up with the ACD canon. Perhaps you should go and solve the mystery yourself!

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