Personal ImpressionsThe "Personal Impressions" section is a collection of thoughts and personal experiences.
A Step Back in Time
|Buildings erected over 100 years ago continue to stand without repair. The 100 year old metro rattles along underground. Dilapidated street trolleys bump along dented tracks. Other than a few new Japanese car here and there, little appears to have been updated, repaired, or purchased for several decades. The city would be quaint were it not for the pollution, graffiti, and crumbling concrete.|
contrast to local transport in Austrian cities
- Public Trust), Budapest transport security regularly
verify travelers' tickets. Fines are levied on those without a
valid ticket, be it intentional or by mistake. The complicated
ticket fare scheme seems designed to snag tourists. Maybe that's
Fortunately, the Lonely Planet guide on Budapest warned us of ticket checkers in advance. With a 7-day pass in hand, we gladly showed security that we're legit - just don't verify our tickets in Vienna - please!
Coping with Inflation
Forint is far from stable. It lost 3% to the US$ in the 3 days
we were in Budapest, but this sudden devaluation may be due to
the weakening Euro. Looking over a longer time period, the
downward trend is apparent. Over the past 4 months, the Forint
lost about 5% against the US$ per month. Some people deriving
their income in Forint try to protect themselves from this ever
devaluing currency by quoting prices in US$ or German DM, even
though they require payment in Forint. This method is common
with accommodation providers.
Hungary hasn't been invited to join the European Community. Can Hungary stabilize its currency on its own?
What's in a Name?
|"Hungary" in Hungarian is "Magyarország". The English language seems to alter place names more often than other languages do. What's up with that?|
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