Notes on Bulgarians....I mean Hungarians
Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
48Trip End Aug 31, 2009
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Good Morning Budapest Hostel
-For some reason I could not get it out of my head that I was not in Bulgaria. A lot of the time I was thinking about or talking about the place I was in, I would refer to it as Bulgaria. I have no idea why! Maybe because it sounds like Budapest, or maybe because I've been traveling way too fast and half the time I have to think what country I am in. I don't even think Bulgaria touches Hungary. Strange, I know.
-These people don't jaywalk for anything. Being that I'm an experienced city goer, if I see an opportunity to get across a street faster, I take it. I don't need that little green man to tell me when to cross. If there isn't a car in sight, I will walk. Not Hungarians.
-The escalators in the Metro is super fast. These things are super old and super fast. I wonder how many peg-leg people are walking around Budapest because they didn't pick their feet up fast enough.
-The doors on the Metro open before it comes to a complete stop. Kind of cool!
-When I was eating at the self-service restaurant, I noticed all the men coming in for their lunch break and not wearing any ties. It was one of those weekday lunch only places but they all had no tie, no jacket, and their top button unbottoned. My kind of uniform!
-When ordering/buying food, I heard a lot of them say "Bon Appetit" to me. Which is French for enjoy your food. Not sure if that is what they always say or they thought I was French.
-The city was cheap and there is a reason for it. You can definitely tell it is an ex-Soviet country and needs some work. Not a big surprise. A few places were getting upgrades but it still has a long way to go.
-It is a lot cheaper than any other country I've been too thus far.
-They don't speak English for anything. And the ones that work in Tourism aren't that much better either. I'm really not compaining because I am a foreigner in their country. And according to my tourist map, Hungarian is one of the hardest languages to learn. I managed to learn nothing. Sad!
-Even country has charm including this one.