Cultural homogenization? Yup, there's a bit much of it, even extending into some parts of the old Eastern Bloc, but still, it seems every place I visited remains enough of a place in its own right not to be overwhelmed by the homogenization.
As for that benchmark McDonald's, I have to admit they are pretty ubiquitous, and the only place where that had any element of interest in itself was in Budapest, where McD's moved very fast after privatization and has garnered about a dozen gorgeous turn-of-the-century restaurant spaces.
This is certainly the best trip of this sort I have ever done. It was so nice to have 3 months and be able to take things slow, none of that, "If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium" aspect.
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