Hungarian women have a well-earned reputation for being some of the most beautiful in Eastern Europe. Hungarians are very mixed racially, even though they like to tell you they’re pure-blooded descendants of Attila, and the millennia of miscegenation have done a lot to weed out the ugly genes.
Hungarian women are pretty diverse in appearance though – some of them are blonde, some of them have brown hair, some of them are as pale as an albino Irish girl and others could pass for Greek. But there’s something about their faces that sets Hungarian girls apart. Something mysterious in their features, in their eyes and in their bone structures. It’s like there’s some complex, ancient story in there that they’re holding in but dying to tell to the right person.
And in the summer, they like to display as much of their tight, well-shaped bodies as they can, wearing skirts and tank tops revealing enough to get them arrested in some small towns in Mississippi.
They’re not prudes, but they’re not easy either. Hungarians girls expect you to at least act like you like them. Nice guys don’t finish last here and a good deal of respect, compliments and charm will go a long way. Like most places in the world, Hungarian expect the man to make the first move.
In some ways Hungarians are pretty old fashioned when it comes to romance. Whereas you might be more used to going to a party or bar, hooking up with whomever and sorting it out the next morning. Hungarian women expect you to do crazy things like give them flowers, take them out them somewhere (where you will be expected to pay, of course), dress up, use a bit of hair product and cologne, and maybe even repeat the entire ritual a second and third time over the next week or so before you finally go to bed with her.
If you’re from America or Western Europe, you have a huge leg up on the native men. Many Hungarian women think of them as monkeys who somehow learned to put on pants and developed a taste for liquor. They dream of meeting a western man who’ll treat them like an equal and not spend his days at the steel mill and his evenings getting hammered, while expecting her to dedicate the rest of her life to boiling potatoes and darning socks.
While Hungarian girls don’t want a smelly drunk, they don’t want a man who spends more time on his hair and clothes than them either. Leave your pink shirts and exfoliant scrubs at home. For the most part, they want an old-fashioned gentleman who knows how to treat a woman but also knows how to be a man. Not a gay guy who has sex with women.
Meeting a Hungarian man is easy, if you’re a woman. Foreign women are still something of a novelty, especially ones who don’t look European. Hungarian men know how to talk a good game, although you’ll be lucky to understand half of it through their Dracula-esque accents. They dress pretty sharply too, if you like that dark European wannabe-artist look. You’ll never catch a Hungarian man going to a club in jeans and a T-shirt, unless they cost him a few hundred dollars.
Whether you’ll like that man the next day is a different story. Women all over the world like to complain that their men spend more time drinking with their friends than thinking about them, but Hungarian women actually do have a lot to complain about when it comes to this. You’ll be lucky to find a man who only gets shit-faced three times a week. If he exists, the Hungarian women who know him have either already married him or written him off as gay.
Men’s attitudes towards women in Hungary are about where they were in America in the 50s. Hungarian men are chivalrous, they’ll hold open doors for you, give up seats on a bus, help you if you’re lost. Many of them still bow a bit when they shake a woman’s hand. But you can expect catcalls and lewd comments from groups of young men hanging out on the street, and drunken men pinching or fondling women is pretty common on crowded buses and trams. Just ignore comments, but if somebody touches you, yell at the offender and he’ll usually slink away in shame.
Bars are far-and-away the best place to meet people of either sex.
Budapest is the only city in Hungary that has a gay scene to speak of. Homosexuality is legal in Hungary, and there are some gay bars, saunas and clubs in Budapest, but the straight population of Hungary is pretty unenlightened by western standards. Many gay Hungarians stay in the closet for fear of losing their job if they came out. Unless you’re standing on the sidewalk outside of a gay club, public displays of affection, even holding hands, should be avoided. Attacks on obviously gay men by drunken youths do happen and the police don’t care.
Lesbians have no scene. There are no lesbian clubs or bars. Budapest doesn’t even have any hardware stores.
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