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.