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Anton, Cristian and I then headed to the airport. Ruslin, the greatest taxi driver in the Eastern Bloc made one last stop at the airport so we could take our final picture of a plane.
So my comrades, it has been a great holiday. Some fantastic new friends and great experiences.
Most of all - laughs.
ciao ciao ...
... because he could speak Russian and he defiantly told me I was being paranoid. I believed him because my guide book was 3 years old... surely now the border must be better. NOPE! As the only American on the bus I was told that I did not have the proper stamps and that I must take a taxi back to Moldova and catch the next bus in 6 hours..... I knew exactly what was happening..and had prepared my wallet ahead of ...
... glasses of it, both red and wine.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening. Our tour manager says often that many people in her past tours don't go to this optional excursion. Our group couldn't figure why they wouldn't go as all 10 of us went and had such a wonderful evening. We were even taught a local dance by the village children's choir.
Well, time to go do a little more sightseeing. Will try to update again soon.
... written on them in Russian and, crucially, booking our taxi for 5.45 am on the day we left.
We managed to get in a couple of excursions from Chisinau, both DIY by necessity so there was a real sense of adventure and achievement in just getting to the places, let alone looking around them. The first trip was to a Cave-monastery at Orheiu Vechi. The monastery is buried in a promontory which is surrounded on ...
... corrupt country in Europe currently, and the former at least can be fairly easily gauged. Just across the border from Romania - which itself isn't exactly Monaco - the roads get a lot worse, the significant settlements get more infrequent and the villages turn a lot blander and more ramshackle. In fact though, the corruption doesn't take long to rear its head either, and the conspicuous frequency of "traffic police" manning the roads and pulling people over for ...