Along the Danube are many cafes and boat docks attracting tourists. We stopped in this café and were treated to very good music performed on violin, double bass, and cimalom (a kind of hammered dulcimer). They were playing Strauss’ “Blue Danube” waltz, followed by more traditional Hungarian dance music. Eszter identified them as a Gypsy band. While this band is quite polished, there are still many roving Gypsy street musicians and vendors, many of whom are quite poor, and there is still considerable discrimination and racism in Hungary toward the Gypsies.
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