In Hungary

This week I have left Stockholm again and I am in Debrecen, Hungary teaching for my work again. Hungary is a pretty good place, I am about 2 hours out from Budapest and the people are nice, its easy to get around and I even saw some sun today. Its kind of strange to not be able to say anything at all, Im used to being able to fumble out a hello and thank you, maybe some numbers, read some signs but here Ive got nothing, nada, zip. I need to learn some words fast.

Last night after dinner I went to buy some chocolate from the supermarket. I particularly like Lindt chocolate so I went to get a block and saw the price, around 3 euros, which in itself isnt a bad price, its a good chocolate. However, Hungary doesnt use Euros, it uses Hungarian Forints and this comes to about 712 HUF. 712 for a bar of chocolate?? I dont want to pay 712 of anything to buy a simple bar of chocolate, it seems too much. Instead I found a local chocolate bar for about 200 HUF and it tasted just fine.

Now I understand why Kim Jong-il is devaluing the North Korean won by chopping off two zeros off the end of everything. Id much rather pay 1 won for something than 100 won. Its the economy, stupid.

By Louis Zezeran

Louis Zezeran is an Australian Stand Up comedian and comedy promoter based in Tallinn, Estonia. He was the co-founder of Comedy Estonia, Comedy Finland and Comedy Latvia. Louis writes, does gigs and performs at private events through the Baltics and Finland

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