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  • Peggy Simonsen

Budapest, not sofia!

Updated: Jun 10, 2021

In Wandering the World, in the chapter on People and Culture, I wrote about visiting Bulgaria. I said that as a country in the former Soviet Union, Bulgarians recognized their past, but didn’t celebrate their communist time. I wrote that the city of Sofia had moved all its communist statues to a statue park outside the city, instead of destroying them. My son and daughter-in-law lived in Sophia when I visited, and they recently reminded me that the sculpture park I remembered was outside of Budapest, Hungary, not Sofia. They came to Budapest when I was there, and we did go to the park with Russian sculptures outside the city. The Hungarians were instrumental in pushing against Soviet rule, so they wanted the reminders of that time out of daily sight, while recognizing that it was an unhappy part of their history.

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