my experience as a black woman travelling Hungary. Also intended for black people living in Hungary.

Being a black person in Hungary – A black traveler’s experience

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 have traveled to Hungary twice now, which of course is in the EU and has a really popular capital city. So on my first time out there, I assumed that I wouldn’t receive as many stares as I do in the Balkans/Southeast Europe. So I was quite surprised on that first trip 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 on my first trip.

I only made it to Budapest on my second trip, where I found that not so many people stare. And if they do stare, it is a not a long, drawn out, looks-like-they’ve-seen a ghost, okay stop staring now, stare. Also, naturally, I received more stares from men. But in the Balkans, I tend to receive stares from every damn body.

Click here to go back to my series on being a black traveler in Eastern Europe and slavic countries. 

black person travel guideAre you a black woman interested in living in an Eastern European country, or any foreign country really, but worried about logistics such as getting your hair done, finding your favorite make-up products, culturally awkward dating, etc.? Check out my Black Girl Traveler Survival Guide if you are interested to know how I work around living in a country that doesn’t have all the comforts of home for black women.