I will keep this short and sweet. Budapest is racist and we will never go back to Eastern Europe.
So, as you can see from the title… We went to Budapest. Where everyone is white. But little did we know the ignorance that still resigns.
Nine out of 10 people would stare us down on the street, not just glance or look briefly. Stare to make us feel uncomfortable, stop their conversations to scowl and follow us with their heads down the street. Everyone in the car would rather look and snarl at us, than look at where they’re driving on the road.
One woman turned around “Erughed” at us, looked utterly disgusted and jumped out of our way.
Two men (who actually worked at the bar/kitchen we ate at on Margaret Island) took their sun glasses off, to glare at us. When we were making our way out of the Island, we had to walk back past them, in which they did the same… But through the gaps in the fence. Sad.
I tried to research about how racist Budapest was – being a capital city it was the last thing we expected, even if it is in Eastern Europe – and couldn’t find anything on the internet.
I guess I’ve written this for anyone of colour, interracial couples or multiracial families, so that they can have a bit of back ground about the greetings we received.
Going to Budapest made me feel extremely uncomfortable, vulnerable and if Aadyl wasn’t the calming person he was, I would have been scared.
It wasn’t a case of “just ignore it”, it was too many to ignore and the majority went out of their way to make you feel uncomfortable.
Budapest is a beautiful city and we made some amazing memories together, but the racism and ignorant people in Budapest ruined it for us.
Love is love.
On a lighter note, watch my vlog to see all the famous sights so you can plan your trip if you do decide to go!