Part 2 Hungary and the Magyars
Politics-Hungarian politics is laughable, but similar to the UK in that a lot of people either protest voted for Jobbik this time around or just had no idea who to vote for. Mszp at the end of their last term was found to be corrupt and sadly Fidesz is no better!
The number system-
Sadly Hungarian’s don’t know how to queue. So in most officials buildings, the bank and the post you have to take a number. When a number system is not available it becomes a chaos of people all thinking they have the right to be first even if they arrived last.
For every small things you do you get charged whether it be, transferring money to another account, paying by card or withdrawal cash, it all costs money. These charges come from very high taxes the government has out on the banks and thus passing onto the consumer banker. Unlike the UK the banks are making money form the general population rather than from business accounts.
Day to day life
Hungarian’s are generally very laid back people, but some that you encounter on the street can seem a little rude. For example when walking down the street, there maybe a group of 3-4 people taking up the entire path, for some reason they do not feel the need to move slightly behind each other or to the side just for that brief second you are passing. I’m pretty sure regardless of the country this would be considered rude, especially if you did this to the older generations.
Hungarian’s can drink just like the British but maybe even more. Never say no to Hazi Palinka. Always look the person in the eye that you are cheersing with.
It pretty much doesn’t exist here and is very bad in most places. Most restaurants I have been to, it has taken 15-20mins to order a drink and the food takes forever to come out from the kitchen. You have to make up BS stories if you want to return something just because you changed your mind.
Referring to my earlier post https://britgirlbudapest.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/bureaucracy-is-no-ones-friend-in-hungary/.
Hungarian official administration is a mind field for any Hungarian let alone a foreigner.
There is is this curious notion that some Hungarian’s believe they are descendant from Aliens. Do a google search and you will find some intriguing articles about this.