|Rain in Budapest. Me and our tour guide Katalin protected by umbrellas.|
|Woman washing window in Budapest|
|Pink polka dotted suitcase arrives in Budapes|
The fence isn't always sausage
Our tour guide, Katalin gave us historical insights as well as art, culture, architecture and the "state of Hungary" lessons this morning.
While she told us that native Hungarians often pay mortgages on their apartments in Budapest of only $3.00 or $4.00 per month, they do pay what amounts to maintenance fees of approximately $130.00 per month that then get pooled and saved for renovation on the aging historic buildings. While these flats are often only 800 square feet, they seem more spacious with their high ceilings and large windows opening onto fabulous boulevards and vistas along cobblestone streets.
She says that foreigners can move here and rent "a little something" for about $200 or $250 a month and that for $500 a month one can get something quite nice and large. But for $1000 per month, she reports that you can get a place with an 18 karat gold bathtub! Now I don't need the gold tub, but I sure wouldn't mind a flat in Budapest.
Our guide, Kathy (Katalin), says that some young couples move outside the city so that they can build a new home but then they are committed to a one and a half hour commute into the city of Budapest each day for work as they have no large highways or freeways here and the narrow winding streets make for lengthy traffic jams. Then she quickly added, "so you see the fence is not sausage." The fence may not be sausage, but the gulyas and csirpetke noodles were excellent at lunch.
|General who fought off the Turks|
|Budapest farmer's market|