Before I get into what it’s like being a black person traveling in Hungary, I should let you know that this post is actually part of a series on my blog called Being a Black Traveler in Eastern Europe and Slavic countries.
That is why this summary of my experience as a black traveler in Hungary is not so long. So check out the whole Eastern Europe series when you are done.
Disclaimer: I am a tall, thin, make-up wearing, American passport-wielding girl that dresses in mostly dresses, cute skirts and other fashionable clothing. I am sure that all factors into how I am “received” in some countries. As you read my experiences, keep that in mind that my gender and my nationality, I am sure, can sometimes play a part in how I am treated.
Okay, so what is it like being a black girl traveling in Hungary?
I didn’t know what to expect traveling through Hungary. It borders the Balkans where people stare a lot. Hungary is in the EU though. It also has a really popular capital city, so I assumed that I wouldn’t receive as many stares as I do in the Balkans/Southeast Europe. So I was quite surprised when I went to restaurants or markets and found that people were in fact staring.
But I should clarify that I spent all my time in smaller towns. I did not make it to Budapest, so I would assume that people in Budapest would not stare as much as people did in the smaller towns, as that is always the case with these Eastern European countries. The prime staring occasions are outside of the capital city, and if a lot of staring occurs in the capital as well, then the country obviously does not see enough black tourists. I would assume Budapest sees a fair amount.
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