歩き疲れたブダペッスト Walking in Budapest….exhausted


一日 歩き疲れた・・・でも ブダペッストは綺麗!と言いながら 2004年にEUに加盟をしてから6年、通貨は未だユーロになっていない・・ 何となく貧しさを感じると言うか 観光客からぼられることをよく見る。今日のお昼、隣席に座った アメリカ人が店員さんが勘定を済ます時に言われた「ここにサービスチャージが記載してあるけどチップが別ですよ・・・」 ええ?変だと思ったら アメリカ人はチップを 払わずに出た時に店員から目茶苦茶怒られた・・・・次は私たちの番―「ここにサービスチャージが記載してあるけどチップが別ですよ・・・」 と同じことを言われ「私はサービスチャージをチップと見なす」と言ったらあちらは無言でした。 後味の悪い食事・・・ クリスタルでの購入を 考えたけど 現金なら 無税に出来ると聞いてから買う気がなくなった・・・・
ホテルの食事はサービスが良いし、割引があるし、外より安い・・・こんなことは 初めて!!
。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。We have done lots of walking today…I am about to take a rest. Budapest is beautiful city but somehow it is hard not to notice the poor. Hungary joined the EU in 2004 however they still do not use Euro. Tourists are in Hungary to be taken advantage of……
Today at lunch the couple next to us asked for their bill, the waiter arrived and said “this says service charge on the bill but it does not include a tip”, I was quite surprised, and the Americans took off without leaving a tip. The waiter was furious with them and abused them as they left. Then it came to us “this says service charge on the bill but it does not include a tip”, he says again….. I reply “ I am really sorry but I understand the service charge to be a tip”, we were getting ready to be abused but he backed off….. not a very nice way to finish off lunch. This afternoon I was going to buy a crystal vase but when I heard they could give me my tax refund on the spot if I paid by cash I lost my desire to buy the vase….
Quite surprisingly, eating at the hotel works out to be better value than outside….less stress too!

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2 thoughts on “歩き疲れたブダペッスト Walking in Budapest….exhausted

  1. It is hard when you have to be constantly on the alert, so you are not taken advantage of. Are the less fortunate begging in the streets? Is it any cooler now?
    Enjoy your rest after all that walking!

  2. Hi!
    Yes, there are lot of homeless on the streets and considering the GDP items are very over priced. You get the feeling they are making the tourists fill the gaps by over charging? Still very hot but last night I slept for 10 hours!!
    We are off to the synagogue now, it is supposed to be the biggest synagogue in Europe…..

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