I don't really have an opinion about Eastern Europe. My mother was born in Hungary and we're visiting her country at least once a year. I actually only have an opinion about the Hungarian people I know. Some things that I think about them:
- They're always talking about food and when you're visiting them, they start feeding you lots and lots of food. Most of it is very fat and sugarry. Whenever I come home from Hungary, I have to start dieting. They just don't get it when I tell them I'm not hungry. Once I went to my mother's cousin and his family. They had put three kilos of pork on the barbeque just for my parents and me. WTF?! I'm just a little girl, all that meat doesn't fit in my stomach!
- They all seem to think I'm adorable and they're always babytalking to me, even though I'm 18. They know me all my life, and every time I visit them, they're surprised that I speak a few words Hungarian. I always have, but they seem to forget. Hungarian children are more fun to hang out with than the adults and I think it's funny that they always think that I'm just a normal Hungarian with a speaking disability (Hungarians have a specific "r" that I can't pronounce and I have a strong Dutch accent).
- They always buy me presents to compensate the fact that they're not really speaking to me, because I'm a foreigner. That annoys me. I don't want them to spend they're money on me. My parents earn ten times as much money as they and the prices in the Newtherlands are lower, and they don't buy me presents either.
- When Dutch people are watching tv, they always point at people and say "He's gay, he's gay, she's gay, he's gay". When my Hungarian family and aquaintances are watching tv, they point at people and say "that's a Jew, that's a Jew, that's a Jew, that's a Jew".
- They're kinda nice to you in your face, but they start criticizing you behind your back.
- Overall, I think these Hungarian family members and acquaintances are adorable little Eric Cartman wannabes: slightly antisemitic, materialistic and hungry. but they can't help it.
- The younger generations are more sympathetic and they seem more interested in other people and cultures than older generations. Younger people seem to be more open minded (that;s very different here, young Dutch people are conservative and rather close minded) and less focussed on food.
- Hungary itself: everything is expensive (I've checked it on our last visit, most things are three times as expensive as here), the food is very sweet, the weather is a drama (boiling hot summers, freezing cold winters), the politics are unstable. Pretty extreme, actually.
I have been to Hungary and I must say that I have noticed the food thing.