· Are you a lover of fanny packs, but too afraid to wear yours in America (or anywhere else for that matter)? Well then, come to Budapest where fanny packs are all the rage. You can see them peeking out from under the beer-bellies of middle-aged men or on the hips of young fashionistas. It’s a fashion accessory for the whole family!
· Hungarians love dogs. And they usually don’t have just one. You can see dogs of all shapes and sizes (including the Hungarian Puli, it’s the dog that looks like a mop). Also, most of the dogs here are not neutered or spayed, this could explain why they are so abundant…I wonder what Hungary would be like if they had Bob Barker on TV everyday?
· Smoking is second to breathing.
· Vegetarian options at restaurants usually comprise fried vegetables and/or cheese (usually also fried). That is, if vegetarian dishes are even an option. In a country where lamb knuckle and goose liver cooked in its own fat are staples, it’s not really a surprise.
· Hungarians love ice cream of all varieties. I pass approximately 20 ice cream stands on my walk to work (approximately 1.5 miles). It doesn’t help that a lot of the ice cream is quite cheap and also, quite delicious.
· Things that you would like to stay open late (i.e. the metro) don’t, but things that you would have no use for at 1 a.m. (i.e. flower stands) are open.
· Every major American fast food chain is in Budapest and they all have Wi-Fi (because everyone wants to surf Facebook while chowing down on a greasy burger)
· Hungarians also love pastries. Pastry shops and bakeries are just as common as ice cream stands. You can buy a kakáos csiga (chocolate snail), my favorite, for about 50 cents. This is also a problem; when I come back to the United States and weigh 50 pounds more, you will know why.
· 85% of all waiters in Hungary are incredibly attractive. This is also true for police officers, soldiers, and bus drivers.