Before I get into what it’s like being a black person traveling in Slovakia, I should let you know that this post is actually part of a longer post on my blog called Being a Black Traveler in Eastern Europe and Slavic Europe by country.
That is why this summary of my experience as a black traveler in Slovakia is not so long. So check out the whole Eastern Europe post 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 Slovakia?
I was surprised to find that in the capital Bratislava, I did not incur a lot of staring compared to the Balkan countries. And maybe that’s just it. Slovakia is in close proximity to tourist targets like Prague and Vienna, so maybe more tourists pass through Slovakia than they do the southeastern Europe countries.
Perhaps for Slovakians, seeing a black person isn’t such an event. In a one hour window on the morning that I left, I saw a total of three black people. That usually doesn’t happen in my Eastern Europe travels. And no offense to Slovakia, but it isn’t exactly a hot tourist destination like Croatia or Czech Republic or Poland. So to see three black people in an hour was surprising.
So besides a few stares here and there, I mostly didn’t feel stared at too much. Although, I did go out one night and I felt like because I was wearing a more revealing outfit, I received more stares. Also, two guys tried to take a selfie with me. But during the day, the attention was very mild.
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