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"Going over seas" , posted Tue 18 May 00:41post reply

Since I come to MMCafe to ask questions about every aspect of life already, I thought I would pose a travel question-- especially given the world-warrior nature of the society here.

Can anyone make recommendations regarding Budapest? I will be travelling there in early June and I was hoping someone might point me to things I might otherwise avoid due to ignorance. Some things I already know I can't possibly miss, but perhaps I have forgotten something.






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"Re(1):Going over seas" , posted Tue 18 May 00:54post reply

Food is very good and cheap. Don't order "starters" then "main course" though, because all come together and everything is a "main course".

* Thermal bathes (maybe not good with the current season?)
* House of parliament
* the park in the Margaret island
* walking around along the river
* Fisherman's bastion on the Buda side of the river
* men are hot, like everywhere in central Europe
* I never saw anyone asking for the ticket when you take the tram (use that piece of information at your own risk)
* Interesting trivia: it's the capital of European porn.
* If you find fashionable sunglasses abandoned somewhere, please return them to me.





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"Re(1):Going over seas" , posted Wed 19 May 06:09post reply

ah dreams of budapesht

where cash is king, and everything is cheap including life





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"Re(2):Going over seas" , posted Thu 20 May 01:34post reply

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* Interesting trivia: it's the capital of European porn.


Thanks, Iggy, for all of the information! It's my understanding that the thermal baths are some of the best in Europe, so I'll need to investigate.

My only concern so far is that while the Hungarian language is beautiful, I seem to have an inability to learn even the tiniest fragment with any success.





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"Re(2):Going over seas" , posted Thu 20 May 13:43post reply

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* Interesting trivia: it's the capital of European porn.




specifically anal porn





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"Re(3):Going over seas" , posted Thu 20 May 15:22post reply

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* Interesting trivia: it's the capital of European porn.



specifically anal porn

Any space on your flight, Karasu?





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"Re(4):Going over seas" , posted Wed 2 Jun 03:15post reply

The word from Budapest:

I am surprised to find that sex shops are mixed in with universities and bookshops, unlike in the United States where they languish in their own ghettos. Also, prostitution is advertised in the newspaper.

The wonderfully dreadful Unicum alcoholic drink is my new favorite.

What, are there no video games here at all? I was hoping for some kind of weird find, but I have yet to find a store that sells them. Now, if I wanted to buy a cheap knockoff retro-80's Transformers t-shirt, I would have hundreds of options.





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"Re(5):Going over seas" , posted Thu 3 Jun 00:04:post reply

quote:
The word from Budapest:

I am surprised to find that sex shops are mixed in with universities and bookshops, unlike in the United States where they languish in their own ghettos. Also, prostitution is advertised in the newspaper.

The wonderfully dreadful Unicum alcoholic drink is my new favorite.

What, are there no video games here at all? I was hoping for some kind of weird find, but I have yet to find a store that sells them. Now, if I wanted to buy a cheap knockoff retro-80's Transformers t-shirt, I would have hundreds of options.


It's always interesting to hear and learn about differences in cultures. Enjoy your time in Budapest!





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"Re(2):Going over seas" , posted Thu 3 Jun 15:59post reply

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* I never saw anyone asking for the ticket when you take the tram (use that piece of information at your own risk)




lol i saw the same thing, and the moment i decided not to use a ticket i got stopped by a plainclothes policeman





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"Re(3):Going over seas" , posted Thu 3 Jun 16:46post reply

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* I never saw anyone asking for the ticket when you take the tram (use that piece of information at your own risk)
lol i saw the same thing, and the moment i decided not to use a ticket i got stopped by a plainclothes policeman


I just bought the weekly ticket that pays for all the local transit. It's cheap and that way I don't have to queue up constantly. But still I have yet to be asked for a ticket on the tram.
Also, lots and lots of stores sell Lego, some of them quite cheap compared to the US.





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"Re(4):Going over seas" , posted Thu 3 Jun 22:15:post reply

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But still I have yet to be asked for a ticket on the tram.
Behold! You have discovered the quintissential trick of confused Americans and sneaky Europeans---but do you dare seize it? I really like the honor system since I hate taking things out of wallets, but I wonder how much various European countries lose each year...
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Also, lots and lots of stores sell Lego, some of them quite cheap compared to the US.

!!!! Please acquire catalogues! Actual European stock must be the best in the world, and I always had the impression that the Danish had all kinds of great models and pieces they weren't sending abroad...





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"Re(6):Going over seas" , posted Thu 3 Jun 23:11post reply

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It's always interesting to hear and learn about differences in cultures. Enjoy your time in Budapest!


Thanks Professor. Given how much I am enjoying myself, I have resolved to travel more often from now on. Everyone might not notice from my postings here, but I am quite a bad workaholic.
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!!!! Please acquire catalogues! Actual European stock must be the best in the world, and I always had the impression that the Danish had all kinds of great models and pieces they weren't sending abroad...

I'll try. It's in places such as that that I inevitably encounter a person whose skills with English match my microscopic Hungarian skills.
But yes, I agree, I can recall at least a decade ago seeing a scan of an incredible European set that included an entire small village. How would I get such a find back home in my suitcase? UNKNOWN.





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"Legomania" , posted Thu 3 Jun 23:36post reply

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I can recall at least a decade ago seeing a scan of an incredible European set that included an entire small village.
Oh, like a magnificent European street corner and green grocer, a medieval village that looks like Kalm in FF VII, and a gorgeous imperial flagship to balance out all the much superior bad guy schooners for the pirates, perhaps????

I think I would have gone crazy if I'd had the internet as a little kid and saw these online. Or in Europe.





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"Re(1):Legomania" , posted Fri 4 Jun 01:20post reply

Hopefully the Lego prices in Europe are more reasonable than they are in the states. A few months ago when I was visiting a Lego store with some friends I thought it might be nice if Uncle Ishmael treated their children to a playset. I quickly changed my mind when I realized that for as much as I would be shelling out I might as well buy the kids a second-hand car instead. For a box full of plastic blocks those things command some premium prices.





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"Re(2):Legomania" , posted Sat 5 Jun 04:50post reply

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Hopefully the Lego prices in Europe are more reasonable than they are in the states. A few months ago when I was visiting a Lego store with some friends I thought it might be nice if Uncle Ishmael treated their children to a playset. I quickly changed my mind when I realized that for as much as I would be shelling out I might as well buy the kids a second-hand car instead. For a box full of plastic blocks those things command some premium prices.



IIRC the larger playsets (big castles and large pirate ships) cost ~$50 in the late 80's. Medium size sets were $30-40 (small forts, small pirate ships). Small sets were $5-15 (a pirate with a cannon, peasant with a cart). A quick search on amazon seems to tell me things haven't changed a whole lot on the lower-end.

Yes, they are expensive considering you're just buying plastic blocks.

I love Legos.





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"Re(3):Now it's Beijing" , posted Tue 30 Aug 03:01post reply

Once again I'm hoping the Cafe will help with my "travel X video games" needs. I just found out I'll be visiting Beijing in November, and I thought perhaps someone had been there and could point me to any video game or anything else locations that I might otherwise miss.

Looks like I'll have a healthy 8 days there and I'm sure there is more than enough to occupy me for the entire time, but any suggestions from anyone who has been there already would be wonderful. I seem to recall that quite a few Famiclones and Super Famiclones can be sought there, and that perhaps there might even be an arcade or two.






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