This city is not a paradise with an eco-friendly environment. Trash is everywhere and people do not seem to care about it: they throw litter on streets. It seems like plastic bags are everywhere. If I go to a peanut shop to buy some pistachios a salesman would definitely give me a plastic bag for my tiny portion of nuts. So now they know that I don’t take their plastic bags, but carry my own blue textile bag with me.
There are special people in any supermarket that put your food in plastic bags. I don’t know what logic they follow, but they may use an incredible amount of plastic bags so that you could not even carry them on your own. And plastic bags are not eco-friendly here either. If you go shopping in Budapest every plastic bag you buy says that it is eco friendly and is produced with some special materials. These technologies could improve the litter situation here, but ah well… it does not seem to happen soon.
There are way too many cars in this town, majority of them are old and don’t function properly: they produce some black smog and terrible noises. Bike lanes? Forget about it! Walking on foot is another crazy an illogical idea. Every house has its own pavement and there are huge piles of sand between the houses or simply on your way – on what is supposed to be a pavement. Pavements have different heights and there is no common style that they follow. People prefer walking on roads rather than using pavements. And this contributes to the overall craziness of the traffic situation in town.
I think that drivers in Budapest are the most polite drivers I’ve ever met in my life. They will always stop when they see a person putting his foot on the road. Sometimes they are even way too polite and you can find yourself standing in front of the car trying to let the car pass you by and the driver wants for you to cross the street, even if there is no zebra. Nice.