First of all, I believe that dumpster diving is a community thing, but as I had no clue whether 'my' community goes today (well, they should have gone as this is a set schedule - Saturday, Fehervari market) and I also did not want to meet people cause I can be contagious due to some cold/flu (maybe swine flu, but I do not oink :)). Anyway, I did not plan to go anywhere today, but it turned out I had no food home, so I had to go.
I was not aiming at coming to the sellers and telling them stories about why I need the vegetables - my Hungarian is not that good - I aimed at real dumpster diving.
First I went to a small poor market close to the Oktogon and Kiraly u. - the dump had nothing eatable except for some green onion... Well, then I went to the big central market and this was my star time, as there were some lettuce and cabbages in the dump and some sellers gave me a bunch of luxury stuff - grapes and melon, as well as white reddish (hm, it seems this week week will be white reddish week). Anyway, when you are in a bigger group you can share stuff - vegetables and fruit - but if I am not that sick next time I join the people again ;) But now I have this kind of thinking - how can I buy vegetables that I can also get for free?
Moreover, there is a nice rule/tradition in Budapest: on particular days particular districts throw away the garbage - mainly old furniture and clothes. This is a good opportunity to fund raise for our Free Shop. E.g., yesterday on my way home from work I saw that the luxurious 2th district threw away the garbage. If I feel better I can check it out today, but in any case I informed the Free Shop people already :)