I don’t care what people say I know of at least one European who is not as clean as Americans. I know this because I moved into his apartment. Ivan found a nice apartment and it’s in a good part of the city right next to metro stops and parks and everything. Unfortunately it was previously inhabited by our current landlord who said if we would agree to let him leave some of his things here until he found somewhere else to put them in a month we could pay half rent for that month. Well… Ivan’s been here for three and his stuff is still all over the place. I keep trying to move stuff into various drawers only to find another printer toner box, or a rock collection. I’m getting a little peeved. I’ve spent all week cleaning out drawers, stoves, counters, and I haven’t even started on the bathroom yet. They weren’t too bad, but it didn’t look like he’d gone over anything with a rag very recently.
He even left food in the refrigerator including a half empty keg of Heineken and several tubes of prescription ointment. The furnishings leave a little something to be desired as well, but that just might be European-ness. I’m pretty sure, though, that even in Europe most people sleep on beds, not really hard sofas that fold out into really hard beds. My least favorite of his possessions we have had to deal with, however, is the cat. Apparently the cat holds family member status with this guy, to the point of needing to return to our apartment periodically because he needs “familiar surroundings.” The cat goes. And so, I think does it’s favorite couch that is covered in cat hair. I’m putting my foot down.
Other than our landlords goofiness, Budapest is cold and mostly overcast, but the people seem to be pretty nice. They always help me getting up and down stairs (there seem to be an awful lot of them here) with the stroller and people often give me a seat on the buses. Shopping has been interesting. I found chicken, but an uncooked roll of sausage eluded us today. We found some “parisian pig.” We’ll see if it works in sausage casserole.
Our branch has been really great. We went to a party the night I got here that had a clothing swap. Some friends gave us a stroller and that has been fabulous. They say they have a crib too… I found a whole bunch of clothes for me and the new one coming that will hopefully save us a bunch of money. I still need a heavy coat for Avery though.