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Our Budapest Apartment

Our Budapest Apartment

Today we left Slovenia for Hungary. Although we liked our apartment, we weren't too sad to leave because we were excited to wash our clothes properly as soon as possible. Leaving the apartment was easy and we were on the road in no time. The drive was scheduled to take a little over four hours so the only stops we planned were lunch and grocery shopping.

The drive was fairly uneventful, so I'll skip right to our first Hungarian experience, grocery shopping. When we went to get ourselves a cart we noticed that none of our coins fit into the slot. On further investigation inside the mall we realized that Hungary was not a country that used the Euro, but had its own currency entirely. One Canadian Dollar equals just over 215 Hungarian Forint (HUF). After locating an ATM and taking out the money we required, we were finally able to start our shopping trip. It took a little more effort that some other trips we've done as we had to figure out the language as well as divide all the prices by 200 for some rough price estimations. It was strange seeing items like meat and vegetables advertised with the number 1000.

We left the store having spent what seemed like thousands, but turned out to add up to only fifty dollars (CA). On our exit from the store our watermelon slipped out of its holder and onto the floor, which smashed it up a bit. But hopefully it will be okay if we eat it soon enough.

We made it to our meeting spot just on time and met with our friendly host. He is originally from Scotland, so he spoke English fluently (with an awesome accent too, which is a plus). He moved to Hungary with his wife when they got married, as she was born and raised there. Our apartment is very nice and clean, and we even have our own parking spot in an underground parking lot. When he was showing us where to park his foot hit the watermelon on the floor of the car, and as he left us he said, "I'm just glad that was a melon. I thought it was a head or something."

Posted by KZFamily 00:56 Archived in Hungary Tagged budapest travel shopping hungary currency

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You have given us a twist on The Smashing Pumpkins! I hope the poor melon survived to some degree to enjoy in the end.

by Helen Koning

I wonder what type of people usually rent this apartment if the host was expecting a severed head in the car? Perhaps he had just been reading a gruesome murder mystery...

by Jane1

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