The hunt continues, on the back burner.

All around the city, there are little money-changing booths. The spread between the buy and sell rates is about constant across the city (between 1% and 3%, depending, I think, on how volatile the exchange rate’s been recently), but I’m increasingly convinced that the rates themselves consistently aren’t: in most places, the interval’s about centered on the day’s official exchange rate, but in touristy places (like my street), it seems like their interval has the official exchange rate as an endpoint: it’s what they charge to convert forints to dollars, and to convert dollars to forints (which is presumably what most people do there) they charge their whole spread.

Of course, even 3% beats American fees by miles—the last time I had to change money in an American airport, the fee was about 15% (“No commission!”).