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Traveling in eastern Europe and experiences? (Racism issues/Hitch-hiking issues?) Watch

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    Frankly, I am curious about traveler's experiences of Eastern Europe and Russia. I'm also interested if anyone would be deterred from travelling to these parts of the world for whatever reasons. I am black and this changes my outlook.

    I am 6ft 3 and spent 2 and a half months hitch-hiking europe south-east of Czech Republic. In some of the places I have visited, I was met with eyes that have never seen a black face or experienced black people first hand. In the rural area's, it was a shock with all the stares, but I got over it and embraced their curiosity. Apart from a very few individuals who had distorted idea's of people with black skin, I was received very well and enjoyed the cultural exchanges and laughs. In fact, I felt the prejudice issues were against gypsy people (or people believed to be).

    I did however find hitch-hiking incredibly hard and demoralizing at times. I even had a day where cars have driven passed me to pick up travelers further down the road.

    I believe there is a lot of culture to be experienced besides traditional western Europe, but even so I have big reservations on hitchhiking east of Sweden in to mainland Russia.

    I am hoping for honest answers of whether people feel/would be comfortable. Have you experienced racism or discrimination in these areas. It would also be great to hear positive experiences and/or recommendations.

    Responses from residents are also appreciated, I understand that traveler experiences and resident experiences can differ.

    Would love to hear answers from the hitch-hiking community
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