I'll soon visit Budapest, and I'm fascinated to know what you know and can teach me about Hungary before I even set foot in this place. First, I'd love to know which places to visit aside from the parliament and villages, etc, I'd love to know what are good questions to ask the tour guides, and I figured that aside from google and wiki I might find interesting people here who'd have some ideas. Because I'm not looking for just the standard stuff, necessarily. I'm also thinking about how aside from just seeing streets and buildings I can gain some knowledge about the soul of the country, the unique aspects of the people there (for one, I suppose I could ask them, but I want your take if you have some answers). Do YOU know about different things that characterize Hungarians, or Eastern Europeans in general? I'm not talking stereotypes, but who they really are. For example, there is this myth about how Eastern Europeans are more right wing these days than Western Europeans, because the Easterners have more first hand knowledge about the damage the far left can bring. But is this myth TRUE or is it just something that American conservatives love saying? I have read a criticism about a movie once, about how Eastern Europeans are always perceived in American movies as villains who make snuff movies, harvest organs, or traffic sex slaves. The person was so pissed about this stuff that it gave me an idea for a character in a story I'm working on. The character is a young American guy with German heritage, so I figured he should be pissed at all of this stuff, about how Germans are always Nazis, or neo-Nazis, or all of the things I just mentioned above (watch The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo). I figured writing this character would be easy for me, as I'm pissed off about the same stuff. It'll also be an interesting experience, as I'm an Israeli Jew, and many of my people have this childish delight of watching Germans and other Europeans being depicted that way, be it by news stories about cannibalism in Europe in recent years (you all know what I'm talking about) or all of the movies I mentioned. I've had arguments with people about the way they talk about Europeans, and so it'll be cool having a German-American character defending Germany and Europe using my words. And who knows, maybe after this upcoming trip I'll change that character to a Hungarian-American. So please, tell me all you can about Germany, Hungary, and Eastern Europe, from your unique perspective.