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a stable). There are students packing their bags, every conceivable type of newspaper and periodical, hundreds of computers, dozens of clever faces and beautiful Hungarian girls. (VIII. Szabó Ervin tér 1.) (See page 188.) The Wekerle Housing Estate in Kispest by bicycle This 99 yearold neighbourhood was meant to provide healthier homes for working class families, and was designed after the British model. Now it is fast gentrifying, and doctors, professors and business people move here. The initiator, Sándor Wekerle, was the first Hungarian Prime Minister who was not of noble origin. (District XIX. Határ út – Ady Endre út – Rákóczi út – Nagykőrösi út) The Poor People’s Flea Market at Petőfi Hall, Városliget Every Saturday and Sunday morning (until about 2 p.m.) this place is a cross of a garage sale and a social safari. There is everything from remote controls from every conceivable type of television to postcards of old Budapest, and from shoes in reasonable condition to DVDs. There are also coins and old books, as well as tools you have always wanted to acquire, but your wife did not let you, so far. A Beer in Kuplung, a “Ruin Pub” In the early 2000s, particularly in the seventh district, “ruin pubs” started to appear. They are generally open-air beer halls located in the inner courtyards of temporarily unused buildings which are open for a single season. One of the last Mohicans is this place, in a former garage. It is a great authentic student hangout, and is open year-round. The name translates as “clutch”. (VII. Király utca 46.) Opera Visit Touring the Opera House has the reputation of being a waste of time, but it is not. The old ladies disappeared and the young ones speak great English and enjoy their work. They share all of the building’s secrets (1877 – 1884) as well as the habits of the then royal couple. They will even help you learn to make out the gods on the ceiling. Dinner on the A38 Ship, a Music Venue This ship, anchored at the Buda end of Petőfi híd, near the campus of Eötvös University, is the reincarnation of a Ukrainian stone carrier ship. The name comes from Artemovsk 38, which is the name of a ship prototype. Built in 1968, the ship was tugged through international waters to receive a complete makeover and an infusion of new life and the A38 opened in 2002. (See page 291.)

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