Without any doubt, you can find certain typical groups in our capital city, which counts two million people. The members of these groups can be connected to certain districts, a certain lifestyle or common goals. Welovebudapest.com collected 9 typical archetypes and exaggerated their characteristics. They wanted this to be a funny collection so it is important to keep in mind that these are imaginary characters, any resemblance is accidental. ☺
The one from the block
They say that they were raised in the streets. No matter how many mathematic equations you do; you get 8, which stands for the 8th district. They think of themselves as the modern version of Hungarian citizenry. They are naturally solidary (for instance they all know Monica, the hairdresser) and passionate. Their favourite sport is table tennis, their favourite drink is canned beer and it is very rare that they leave the safety of concrete walls and go out partying into the city centre. They don’t blend with the mainstream; they manage their life without outsiders.
The one from Buda
They have at least two diplomas (one from arts), an associate professor mother and a film director father. Their ancestors have been called to Buda by Mother Nature. They live on the right side of the Danube and rarely cross the river. They are your only acquaintances to have their own flats in their 20s. They are usually very stylish and their beauty lasts for a long time. On an average Thursday, women in their 40s walk in their high heels to their favourite cafes while their husbands watch polo with their friends. They live a slow life: they don’t stress redundantly because they want to live this life for ever.
The creative one in the city centre
Photographer, designer, graphic, blogger, and stylist: these are the most common characters you’ll find in the city centre. They are some of the most progressive, open and trendy people, usually in their 20s or 30s. Their lives are project based and they don’t have a definable working time. Some of them call themselves startuppers because they started their own business. In former times they were called entrepreneurs but back then it wasn’t fashionable to wear trousers that are hemmed at your ankles and it wasn’t expected to go running at least two times a week. They usually have a lot of acquaintances and are friends with the bartenders at their favourite place. Life is beautiful and you can become whoever you want to be.
They consciously stand for the harmony of the body and soul, universal balance. The worship of the sun, mantras and their relations with trees are important for them. Eating is also ritual for them; the ingredients, the techniques follow strict rules like macrobiotics and they prefer organic food full of fibre. Only the soul is more important than eating. They take part in group occupations where they unite with their soul. They like to wear colourful clothes with Aztec or galactic prints. Concerning footwear they like what’s natural, like Spartacus-sandals or moccasins.
The party touristPhoto: sziget.hu
They are attracted by the ruin bars; Budapest means cheap alcohol and beautiful women to them. They became determining faces of the city, if they weren’t here, they probably would be missed. Urban legends are connected to them. They go down to the bakery in their slippers and some of them like to dress up as superheroes. The beerbike business flourished because of them. Erasmus students make a subcategory, they usually come here to party, to be free and enjoy life.
Surely, most of us know someone who has been living here for a long time and yet hasn’t been able to integrate into the city life. They are not curious or eager to explore, they have their habitual routes to work and back from work. They are very introverted people who aren’t fascinated by a new bar opening in their street; they’d rather watch their favourite television series and get comfy at home.
The urban expert
The urban expert is a treasured character in a company. They breathe together with the city and are fed by the autumn sunshine reflected from buildings of secession. They are the ones who know everyone and thanks to their exceptional informational network, they always know what’s happening in the city. They are proud to have tested and been to many different places. They sometimes feel like they are the only ones in the city, who aren’t tourists, nonetheless it is good to have a friend who can immediately answer a question like ‘Where shall I take my mom for her birthday?’
The cyclistPhoto: stilblog.hu
Backpacks, shorts, water-repellent shirt, baseball caps: these are some typical characteristics of the cyclist. They religiously ride on bicycles all year around, let it be day or night, winter or summer. They fought so much for their rights that now they are in a position where they could even demand from the local government. They are proud of what they have accomplished and this is something that they emphasize. They are usually handymen; they like to do handicrafts in their free time.
The one from the countryside
Many people decide to move to Budapest to study/work here. Hundreds of people move to the capital city every year. You can tell if it is someone’s first time here, they are amazed by something at every corner; they don’t listen to music on the bus because it’s better to be alert. They are utterly kind and try to establish relations just like they had back home, thus reconstructing the countryside feel. They get overexcited when their friends take them to new places and are honestly thankful for the chances they get.
Translated by Alexandra Béni
Photos: http://welovebudapest.com/ – István Szimhár