On my way to two Fulbright alumnorum apartment to play board games, I noticed that there were piles of trash—discarded furniture, pieces of walls and windows, carpets, and such—everywhere on their street, and people picking through it. Was I venturing into the slums of Budapest? In case so, should I refrain from asking them about it?

It turns out that it’s trash day, the (annual?) day when people put out all their trash that’s normally too big for their garbage, including used furniture and such. By tomorrow morning, supposedly, it’ll all be gone, so today, people come by looking for still-usable furniture and any other possibly valuable stuff. (Must be one such day per district, because my apartment, in another district, had no such piles of trash, but there were some on the way to BSM, in the same district.) A pretty good idea, actually.