Saturday, May 9, 2009

Practical Implications of Dumpster Diving

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 :)

1 comment:

  1. hi, i will be in budapest tomorrow (ocotber 27) and im looking for tips about dumpster diving there or even people to do some with (if your still living there). anyway, email me