First of all, I’m writing this post not pique any Hungarians in any way as these were just my observation on a single day i went to Budapest. And these maybe subjective since i only been there a day but i will still write about it anyway.
One thing i like about Europe especially the Schengen countries is that you can literally travel around the continent as if it’s a single country without the hassle of queuing for immigration and having all your stuff undergo security checks.
Since Budapest is only more or less three-hour bus ride away from Vienna (where i spent 4 days), the idea just made it more exciting to be on another country without riding a plane and not bringing any carry-on luggage. So why not make a day trip and cover another country even just for a day.
And so i went to Budapest without any expectations and basically know nothing about the city and found these odd non-condescending observations about it.
1.) YOU PAY BY FORINT INSTEAD OF EURO
I’m surprised to know that my Euro has no value in the city and probably the whole country as they still use their own money which is Forint even though they’re part of the European Union. I have to withdraw some cash for the day stay for food and transpo.
Then i dig in further to find out why and i got this excerpt from an article which explains why.
After 10 years as a member of the European Union, Hungary is still in no hurry to adopt the euro as it is enjoying the “advantages” of being outside the 18-country group, government and stock exchange officials have told CNBC.
Investors and euro-watchers had expected Hungary to join the single currency not long after it joined the EU a decade ago – but has yet to reach the right economic and fiscal conditions to sign up. The country’s high level of government debt — which peaked at 83 percent to gross domestic product, in 2010, when Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government came to power – makes the move impossible.
Hungary still uses its currency, the forint but now a move to the single currency is no longer of “immediate interest,” according to the Hungarian government’s international spokesperson, Zoltan Kovacs.
“It is not an immediate interest of the country, because the economy, the structures that we are running need to be up to a standard that would make it beneficial for the country to join,” Kovacs said, adding that there is currently no fixed target date for the country to join the euro area.
2.) THEY HAVE SCARY SUBWAY
The Budapest Metro (Hungarian: Budapesti metró) is the rapid transit system in the Hungarian capital Budapest. It is the oldest electrified underground railway system on the European continent, and the second-oldest in the world, predated only by the 1890 City & South London Railway (now part of the London Underground). Its iconic Line 1, completed in 1896, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002.
Needless to say, being the oldest underground railway in european continent and second-oldest in world, no wonder its creepy not to mention some stations looks deserted. I feel like any moment, someone will come out of nowhere and sit beside you.
3.) THEY HAVE GLOOMY WEATHER
The average temperature in Budapest in February is very cool at 2 °C (35.6 °F).
Afternoons can be cool with average high temperatures reaching 5.1 °C (41.2 °F).
Overnight temperatures are generally slightly cold with an average low of -0.5 °C (31.1 °F).
In February the average diurnal temperature range/ variation is 5.6 °C (10.1 °F).
The weather in February is dry with periodic sleet or snow. A mere 38mm (1.5in) of liquid is discharged during on average 6 days.
In February the skies in Budapest are gloomy with on balance a scanty 2:40 of dazzling sunlight daily.
The shortest day is 9:29 long and the longest day is 10:53 long with an average length of 10:10.
There are approximately 7:18 per day when bright sunshine is absent due to cloud, haze or the sun being too low on the horizon to register.
It is sunny approximately 26.8% of daylight hours and cloudy 73.2% of daylight hours.
And that explains why its freaking frigid during the time i went as it’s probably one of the coldest months of the year. But nonetheless, i enjoyed every single bit of that day and wishing i could go back for a few more days soon.
So there you have my 3 list of the things i find to be odd in Budapest, Hungary. So if in case you plan and decided to visit, you won’t be surprised like myself and i hope that helps.
And also, i want to share some further reading about the city that could get any odd-ier? you may wanna click HERE >>>
What about you, what are the things you find odd in the city? or any other places that you visit. I’d like to hear ’em.