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Thoughts on Romania.
It's a place of great contrasts,
extreme poverty sits right alongside obscene new wealth.
Stray dogs are everywhere in great
numbers, some chase motorcycles too, but you'll see old folk with a
cow on a lead???
Out in villages in the countryside
everyone seems to want to live alongside the road with many of them
using the location to sell their ...
... and rode the 60 miles back to where we had started this
All was not lost though. Anyone
reading this will know of Jochens need for tea at regular intervals
throughout the day, so with that in mind we stopped at the first
place we saw. Te al limone as the Italians call it served with two
big wedges of warm apple cake came to about £3.50 which isn't bad.
Our early steps of the ...
... they looked fine. He would not give me a receipt as he seemed to not understand what I was saying. I am sure he pocketed the money for himself and there was no trail of my being there.
I walked around looking for a grocery store and I got a bad vibe. I am not saying I felt in danger but close. I did not feel very welcomed and could not trust anyone to not scam me in some way. There was nothing nice in the area. I ...
Waking up in Belgrade, we both felt like we had grit in our teeth from the very air. Seeing the city in the daylight, it seemed just as dirty as the evening before but not protected by the cover of night. We left the car parked at the hostel and walked in the direction of the Kalmegdan fortress that we'd read about but still had no real idea what it was. Everyone we passed had yummy looking pastries, so we added a bakery to our list of attractions to see and picked up a ...
... the Danube, which we explored for about half an hour. It's an interesting little castle with moat and seems to get used for movie settings.
As we wanted to make our way as far as possible into Romania that day, we managed to get a lift to the ferry dock with 2 friendly locals, as that's the way over the river and the border. The construction of a bridge connecting the 2 countries is (still) in progress. Once we had entered Romania at the small village of Calafat, we made our ...