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I am not sure if this applies to every restaurant, but unlike U.S. where you pay with a credit card and then when the waiter/waitress brings back the check you include the tip and write the total on the receipt, in Budapest when you get the check, you have to include the tip before waiter/waitress takes your credit card and process it. I did not know that and it was pretty embarrassing. Fortunately I had enough money with me to give the waitress a tip.
Written Oct 17, 2006
during this second fortnight of september Budapest has sounded in all news around the world for demonstrations and assaults to the public Tv.. i saw some of these demonstrations in front of the parliament where "lives" the socialist prime minister.. the demonstrations has been promoted by Fidesz (the right wing political party in hungary) .. they claim against the prime cos he said in a radio station that lied about the economical status of Hungary in order to win the past elections.. there are other things that people doesnt like but its an imperative question if Hungary wish join EU.. its just question of time that people accept that !
Written Sep 29, 2006
Like some Asians, the Hungarians use their names in reverse order with the given name last and the family name first.
Also roman numbers are preferable to normal numbers for use in floor levels, months and districts of their cities. In demonations of thousands, they will also leave a space instead of using a comma.
Updated Aug 11, 2006
There are almost no villages in Hungary where there is no embroidery.
Foreign nuns brought the current embroidery stitches of the Western cultures to Hungary and locals enriched them with new stitches and designs called URIHIMZES...
It was a combination of Turkish and Italian renaissance. From the renaissance comes the symmetry, the delicate rythm of floral motifs between the tendrils and the exuberant floral centerpieces. From turkish designs come the assymetrical compositions, crossing lines, the simplystic floral drawings, and the very stylised cypress and flower bushes.
The oldest embroidery that is still to be seen in Hungary is the robe of the first King of Hungary, Stephen I. You can see it in the Hungarian National Museum. The wife of the king helped embroider the rich golden silk robe.
Young girls learned to embroider very early and didn't marry until they had their trousseau..
Prices are cheaper in the country side...and they are more hand made than in town..
Updated Jul 8, 2006
Well, where ever you go you will see this little bomb shaped bottle which feature a golden cross on the front call UNICUM....now the taste of it..uhmmmm I am not a drinker so this taste pretty awful to say the least..:)))).....
Anyway... I have heard that Unicum is an acquired taste..and drunk mostly in Hungary and by Hungarians.....not one of my favorite memories of Hungary...LOL......
All it is ..is a skilful blend of more than 40 carefully selected herbs and spices. The lengthy ageing process which takes place over 6 months in oak casks gives Unicum its inimitable bitter-sweet flavour and exotic bouquet. It makes a perfect aperitif or dessert drink due to its beneficial and soothing effect on the stomach.
If you are brave try it at least once.....:)...
Updated Jul 7, 2006
At any of the souvenir shops in town or in the country you will find folk costumes ....These first became popular in the first half of the 19th century, during the Reform Period. The original simple embroidery in blue and red (these were the only colours for which plant dyes were available), which were intended to express national identity, were replaced by colourful garments with varied patterns by the last century...
In the rural world every item had its significance; garments and hats revealed their owner's place of origin and rank..the folk costumes seen today were used at festive occasions, while for work, very simple hempen clothes and sandals, rather than boots, were worn.
Written Jul 7, 2006
if your English, don't be a typical brit and make no effort to learn some of the language. just "thank you" and "please" will do. It makes a difference.
also, if you already know German, it's a bonus as for some reason here people know german. So use that when English is no good.
Updated Jun 10, 2006
Budapest residents don't go out to breakfast, although they sometimes buy pastries or similar items from kiosks. Most tourists do get breakfast included with room cost, but we had an apartment and didn't want to cook breakfast every day. We found a terrific sandwich shop open at 9 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays.
There are at least three loactions in Budapest, one of them located just about opposite St. Stephen's cathedral. Addresses are given in the website. The sandwiches are beautifully created and arranged, and they are quite inexpensive.
Updated May 14, 2006
Pay a visit at the Central Market, close to Szabadsag bridge on the Pest side. The building is impressive and nice, though highly contaminated by an impressive number of tourists looking for artcrafts. If you stay on the ground floor, well you will have a cleare picture of Hungaruian food and way of life. For example, you will notice an impressive number of different kinds of smoked salami> worth trying!
Written Apr 25, 2006
Hungarian shops normally open between 10am and 6pm on weekdays and between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, although nowadays many supermarkets (especially those out of town or located in shopping malls) have extending hours. And, in residential or busy city centre areas, you'll also find 24hr grocers shops (called 'ejjel-nappal' or 'non-stop') that sell essentials such as bread, coffee, milk and tea, along with other foodstuffs, drinks and alcohol. However, as some of these can be a lure for drunks and other unsavoury elements late at night, it's wise to exercise caution.
Another typically European trait is that smaller shops tend to close for 1-2 hours at lunchtimes. Frustratingly, some outlets even shut while the owner pops to the post office for 10 minutes. Rest assured, however, he/she will return a couple of hours later having met friends who insisted on a quick visit to the local pub or caf?. Look for a sign saying "Azonnal (or Rogton) J?v?k" on the door. Its up to you whether you wait!!
Small shops will also put a sign up to indicate when they're going on holiday. This will normally be two weeks in July or August, so if you're looking for say, a specialist engraver, make sure that you can collect your goods before leaving Hungary.
Written Apr 16, 2006
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