HUNGARY

The Omen, Budapest Style
Budapest’s Chain Bridge in Hungary—a marvel of engineering when it was built in 1849–spans a moss colored Danube River. Stone lions snarl at each end to remind the tourists coming to and from the Buda Castle Quarter to behave. Halfway across,a beggar woman knelt in the shadows, yellow cup in front of aged, folded hands, a stripe of sunshine falling across her back. When I turned to snap a photo, my heart twisted at how elegantly life expresses its inequalities.When we arrived in Budapest, my illness had already begun spreading through our family. In a musty, shoebox sized room in Zagreb, the capitol of Croatia, Ado’s fever had crested the 105-degree mark. In the midnight hours I laid cool, wet towels over my child’s hot body, his purple- smudged eyes looking at me…Read more…