Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cluj, Romanian Datasheet

Over the past couple months I've ran into more than a couple Romanian girls that have seem to fall in love with me on first sight. I have no idea why Romanians feel this way about me, But considering all these girls were beautiful..I figured I had to visit Romania myself.  Go to the source.


Cluj  actually has a large percentage of Hungarians..that call the city Kolozsvar.
There was actually a folk festival going on in the city..I think its celebrating the first king of Hungary.. which is odd..cause..this is Romanian..But whatever... I could be wrong.


Prices

I use a ride sharing site. BlaBlaCar. a friend and I road with a German Businessman about 8 hours to Cluj. Passed through a gypsy town and saw gypsy mansions...I slept most of the way.

We rented a 2 bedroom apartment on Airbnb for 55 dollars a night...so like 28 a Person.
The apartment was dead in the center of the city on Piata Unirii.
Perfect location. and a unbeatable price.

The current exchange rate is about 3RON to 1USD

Cluj seems just a little cheaper than Budapest in terms of groceries.
Beer and such is still between a dollar or two dollars.
**One really interesting thing I noticed were "swat" teams in the grocery stories.. 
They just had night sticks.. but they dressed like they were prepared for war

You can easily find a 2 course meal, Soup and entre plus beer for about 5USD

We did eat at one place that was a little more expensive and the the entree alone was about 18RON 5.40USD

Since this is our last trip..we "splurged" and cocouldn'teally find a meal that would cost ten dollars.

The City 

Minus the square...Cluj is pretty shitty. Everything is in disrepair or only half built..you walk 3 minutes from the square and its damn near a shanty town..
The streets are broken.. the sidewalks look like a earthquake and lightening hit them.
tTey are doing construction everywhere.
The drivers are clearly absolute shit.
They have servicemen in the street directing traffic at "major" points.
It looks like they entrust electrical wiring to the average citizen...Powerlines look like the are randomly strung up with little rhyme or reason.

Guys and girls

Its summer...so for the most part. the city is pretty empty..Only the girls that actually live in Cluj are here..
Luckily talent is still excellent :D
We arrived Tuesday and left this morning..But for the people in the city..they seem to go out ever day to combat the bland lifestyle that the city seems to offer.

The first day I was not impressed..We went out for dinner and had a couple beers, but not having a contact in the city and thinking Tuesday would be dull. We just called it a early night.

The guys in Cluj don't look bad.
They are pretty stylish if i must say.. much better than the British slobs I see and in Hungarian guys that are trying to hard.
I don't know much about the game cause I wasn't really observing it.. but I feel like Cluj is a place where they guys are on par with the attractive girls.. unlike Poland.
And it seemed like there were more young girls than young guy in the city.
Girls seemed to stare at guys in the couple places I went.
One of my bangs was from a girl that approached me.

* I rarely pull the race card. But I saw one other black guy during 4 days of being in Cluj.
People were staring me down like a piece of meet.

I think of exotic looks and the larger supply of men to women makes Cluj a good place.

When it comes to girls.. I saw a lot of girls similar to what I see in Hungarian..But I didn't see nearly as many stunners like I see in Budapest.
Romanians girls seems to almost have a more alien look.
Almost every girl i ran into had odd build.. short stocky..but not thick.They were still slim.. but compact. A hard measurement to describe.. but I didn't see a bunch of long lanky girls around. I also didn't encounter many tall girls.. even with heels a lot of girls couldn't have been taller than 5'5-;5'6
Also.. far spaced big eyes.
So many girls had big deer eyes that were spaced far on their faces that i swear they could probably see behind them ( I'm not saying these aren't some of the sexiest girls in the world..I'm just pointing things out)

I can imagine that when summer is over, and the students come back to the city....Quality will probably shoot up tenfold.





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Analysis of Budapest: Thoughts-People-Culture

After spending three months in Budapest, I feel like I should give a horribly written essay on my overall thoughts and knowledge of the city. I feel like this could also come out as a history lesson at the same time.
I'm not gonna say that I'm any sort of historian..or that I really know what I'm talking about. Three months isn't enough to get deep into what Budapest really is..but its enough time to make some judgement.
Hungarians may read this and think that I'm completely stupid, while some may agree with me.  We'll see.

This is my story.

Before I decided to move to Budapest I had previously visited the city as a tourist. I had recently came from Germany..so the slight smiles and almost bright but sad eyes on Hungarians made me think the city was extremely friendly and welcoming. Hungarians were a happy people. The city was extremely modern, people dressed well and you could drink water out of fountains around the city.  This made me thing Hungarians earned a great wage, but the cost of living was simply extremely cheap. Some of these things are true..Some of them aren't.

I made some contact and ended up renting a apartment for a decent price in downtown Pest. ( The cool side of the city)
The first thing I did when I arrived to the city was buy a monthly public transportation ticket. I figured I would take the bus, tram and metro pretty often.  I slowly figured out..just about everything on both the Buda and the Pest side is in walking distance. It won't take more than about 30 minutes to walk from one side of the city to the other.
 For the rest of the time being.. I just bought a couple transportation tickets at a time and walked everywhere.

What I didn't mention..Is that in the Summer...Budapest is hot as shit and most of the building do not have central air or heat.
While I had a extremely modern apartment. I didn't have an AC unit. I had a fan.
Sometimes a dreaded coming home..or bringing anyone over, because it was usually hotter inside the apartment than outside.
Why is it like this?  The way that most building on the Pest side are built give them big courtyards inside the apartment. They are tall enough to block the sun on the lower floors, let air funnel in and keep the building cool. When it gets cool in temperature, the building are built thick, keeping the heat in.
This is a great idea..but unfortunately I lived on the top floor or my building.. and the sun rose directly into my room.
This made it easy for me to wake up at the top of the morning and go to the Gym...But the sun beams into until noon...but the insulation of the building kept it hot until the next day. The only escape from the heat was when it rained and the head was sucked out of the building.


That was my side rant...
In my last post on Budapest, I mentioned how Hungarians appear really warm. Apparently I was wrong, ( this is all in good humor)After making friends with quite a few Hungarians I  found out Hungarians are actually assholes and complainers. They seem to find a way to complain about everything there is to complain about. Its actually a pastime to complain about something because there really isn't much else to do. The average person in Budapest makes between 500 and 800 dollars a month..with 500 being more common..Which is enough to live life, but not enough to truly live "comfortably" I spent about 1100 a month. Which allowed me a to pay a high rent of 350 dollars a months downtown and go out regularly during both the week and weeknight.
I wasn't balling out of control at high class clubs, but I could afford to splurge.
One reason for the complaints and assholish behavior comes from tourist.  I considered myself a local for what is was worth and began to hate tourist also.
Most of the tourist come from the EU and England..While the dollar is about 230HUF Hungarian Forint  the British Pound is about 400 Forint.
A pint of beer in England can easily cost 4 pounds. Means they can by nearly 6 pints of beer as opposed to 1....and They do..
This results in drunk British people slobbering all around the streets during the evenings being loud and uncalled for.
Because of this..lots of bars and restaurants have slowly started raising their prices..which doesn't necessarily kick locals off..but I will admit that it put a bitter taste in my mouth when certain bars served the same bear for twice the price.. when you could walk a block around the corner to another place, not hear any English and get a beer for half the the price. About 1.10USD

Now...you could also go deeper into things..Communism.
Communism hit Hungary pretty bad..just like everyone else. Budapest made cars and buses for the Soviet Union.. when the Curtain collapsed..they didn't have much else do and didn't have much.
Since the soviets provided for Budapest and went into debt to provide for them...The fall of the curtain seems to have left Hungarians with a slightly defeatist and victim attitude. When you don't have anything..you either fight hard to get it..or you accept that you won't have it...Hungary accepted the loss. Even though its in the EU and touching Austria..Hungary chooses to stick with the Serb/Balkan/Turkish mindset that sets. let things slide and become corrupt instead of rise against the odds and become diligent and productive.

On the outside Hungarian politics seem fine they consider themselves a Parliamentary republic...democracy.
Even though there are multiple political parties, one Political party has pretty much rules everything. The Fidesz  has a super majority, full or politicians that just don't seem to care. Bribery might not be as big as it is in Romanian.. but it seems like tossed a cop 40 bucks goes a long way if you really need it to.
Some argue that Democracy is over in Hungary

In other odd politics.. one politician Ilona Staller was a known hardcore porn star an famous for showing her big fake tits to the parliament

*Random tidbit.Hungarians have been major producer of porn since the 70s...hardcore..you name it..
Is it cause Hungarians are horny and sexually frustrated...or cause the women are just so beautiful?
I think its a bit of both
In 2007 there was a small push to make it legal for ages 14-17 to star in porn movies.

Another political tidbit.
In the recent year..A monument was built in Szabadság tér ( Freedom/Libery square) dedicated to Jewish and Hungarian struggle and occupation during the Nazi era.  Its suppose to be a a German eagle coming down on Archangel Gabriel. The Eagle being Germany and Gabriel being Hungary. As if it was all the Nazi's fault for what happen.
But the funny thing is that Hungary joined the Nazis on their own..and when shit hit the fan..they murder Jews with a smile in the face.
The Shoes on the Danube memorial is based upon when Jews were told to take their shoes off by the river..so when they were shot..they would fall into the Danube and float downstream.
To top it off.. the memorials Hebrew inscription is apparently google translated.
Budapest has one of the highest Jewish populations...along with the Dohany Street Synagogue, The largest in Europe and they couldn't find a Jew to give them a correct the monument( If they would have asked..the Jew would have refused anyway)

You could go much deeper in to more ancient history of Hungary.. but I feel its been better written  in the Hungarian chapter of The Hidden Europe Where the author get into the history of Hungary and how they have pretty much been pushed around by every empire up to now.

At the end of the day.. I  think this is the reason for Hungarian bitterness.

On the other hang...when you grow up poor..you find joy in the little things. and a gathering out in a village is probably ten times more fun than going to the club.
If you really wanna know the definition of drunk...makes some friends to take you out to get some of grandpas Palinka.
Palinka is one of Hungary's national drinks next to Unicum..(which taste like it sounds..but nothing like it sounds)(not that I would know..but from what I've heard)
Palinka on the other hand taste like gasoline..rubbing alcohol with flavor. with it being from 40-70%
You will get drunk quick trying to take shots of it.
I once took a shot of 70 percent Palinka and couldn't talk for 2 minutes...I looked around and realized I was tricked..and I was suppose to sip the shot and not take it to the back of my throat.
Its also a sin to buy Palinka from the stores( sorry )..Proper Palinka has to be gotten from a village somewhere.
It seems like a common thing to get it across border also. While stopped at the Romanian/Hungarian border it seems that at least 1 car and hour gets checked and turns up full of plastic soft drink bottles full of Palinka.
That didn't stop me from stocking up and fulling my suitcase with at least 10  liters of alcohol and bringing it home( Somehow my bag never got checked at the airport)

..Im tired of writing...so I'm just gonna publish right here