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So once again, the door was closed and locked; the one working light was turned off; we went back to our bench beds; ear plugs inserted; the train slowly moved again; and we were finally happy travelers off to dreamland. This time in Moldova. The border crossings and inspections all in all lasted about two hours.
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... at this point. Though we see a lot of potential, the country lags so far behind its European peers, and corruption permeates both the government and the private sector. And now it has to worry about a potential Russian invasion on top of all of that. Things aren't looking too good for poor Moldova. I spent some time talking to our wine tour guide (more about the wine tour later), and she told me that basically everyone she knows wants to find a way out of the ...
Back in the early nineties, the 'Iron Curtain' came down, and the USSR was no more. Countries were reformed in Europe as they broke away from Russia. One little known country was Moldova. We didn’t know much about Moldova, but we had visited most of the other European former soviet states, so we thought why not. It turned out that in Moldova we experienced monasteries, lots of wine, and had a really chilled time.
The small country of Moldova lies between Ukraine ...
... with English and Russian labels and information, but other stuff including Egyptian mummies in dismal surroundings with no English.
Then to get a better photo of the Potemkin Steps, which involved climbing up them which earned me a beer, quite a few English football fans being loudly obscene at the same place.
And so to my train. I knew that while this was an international train it wouldn't be ...
... the city before we departed in different directions.
I'm not sure what I was expecting from Chisinau. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. I was expecting something similar to what I saw in Asuncion, Paraguay. Horse and carts, unclean streets, an empty place, lacking service etc. No, Chisinau is nothing like that. The country of Moldova might be poor, but Chisinau is booming. On my walk to the hostel, I pass a ...