Budapest is beautiful

Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
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Monday, May 28, 2007

Well, I made it!  We left JFK at 5:30pm and arrived the next day at 8:00am.

I still am not certain what time it is back home.  Is it 6 hours earlier or later.  To those I am about to call, I apologize right now.  It is 6:00 pm here so it could be midnight or noon back in the states.

It is a beautiful day, but I am tired!  Our hotel is really neat, it is built into a castle.  We just returned from about 5 hours on a walking tour and took lots of pictures. 

Ok, stories.  We had our own version of the TV show "Cash Cab".  Now, I only know about this show by flipping through channels and seeing it.  Apparently the cab driver asks the passengers questions and if they get them right they win money.  Well, the poor driver spent our trip from the airport to the hotel trying to teach me about money.  He would hold up a forint for 5000ft and ask "how much is this worth"? Then he would hold up one for 10000ft and ask "how much is this worth"?

Well, I actually started getting pretty good.  5000ft equals about $10 and 10000ft is $20. At least I think so, for as it so happens I have now taken a nap and can't figure it out for the life of me.  Now, the sales people at the stores will convert for you, but who knows.... I even got out a calculator and tried to figure out the math without success.  Maybe after a good night's sleep I will regain the IQ of at least a 6 year old and be able to do basic math again!  Well then, maybe not.  Is this like the old joke where someone asks the doctor "When my hand heals will I be able to play the piano?" The doctor says yes.  The patient says "Great, I never could play before!"  So, after a good night's sleep, why should I be able to do math any better than before!

We are on the concierge floor and it is beautiful.  The concierge and our room overlook the Parliament and the Danube and Fisherman's Bastion is right out our window by about 30 ft (not ft as in forint, but ft as in feet - now you can BEGIN to see the confusion I am experiencing here)  I have taken pictures of signs to show you how you can read NOTHING!  Lots and lots of fun though.  A really neat experience.

We are now partaking of the evening refreshments in the club room.  Champagne, hoerves d'ovres (can't spell in Hungary either, along with not being able to do math). 

By the way, if anyone can respond, please do so and let me know if 6:00 pm my time in Hungary is Midnight or Noon!! Please!

More stories to come along with pictures.
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zelfike on

Time and money
Hi! It's great to read that somebody is visiting our country at the moment. I'd like to add some information to your comments:
- 6. pm at your time is noon in Hungary
- you shouldn't be confused about feet and forint, because in the abbreviation of forint the letter 'F' is written with capital: Ft

Have a great time in Hungary! :-))

lafalot on

Thanks for the information
Your country is GREAT! I loved it and everyone there.

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