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Travel Blogs from Constanta
... friend. He showed us some artifacts from that day including a flag that was damaged when 100,000 citizens of Bucharest fought the army and secret police. Our meeting took place across the street from Ceausescu's palace in what is now called Victory Square. It was quite a moving story. All the while I was thinking about my son who was the same age as this man. His story reminded me of the story ...
... Tulcea (she spoke no English, but asked “Constanta? Tulcea?” When we said Tulcea, she asked – through gestures and maps – if we could give a lift to the young man standing near her. We said, “Of course,” and took him the 20km or so to his village. Turns out he is the chef at the restaurant at Histria. He spoke a few words of English, but we could certainly follow him enough to know his job and where to deliver him.
To be frank there was little to see or do here - the port itself was less than inviting with huge Shipyard signs and lots of derelict looking ships. It is the largest port on the Black Sea and one of the largest ports in Europe. The City itself wasn't much better with many old buildings in various states of disrepair and ruin although we were told the Council was working on having them restored. Given ...
... meter. Even though he took a circuitous route around the road construction, the meter crawled reasonably slowly to 11, 12, then 13 lei. Then, just as she pulled in the courtyard of the hotel, the meter jumped to 45 lei or $13! At home, they would not bat an eye at a $13 ride. But they have taken several taxies before in Constanta and never paid more than 15 Lei for a much longer ride. Junko knew she was being cheated. She calmly told the driver she was ...
After spending such a pleasant day in Bulgaria yesterday, I had almost decided that I was harboring out of date prejudices about countries in the former Soviet Bloc. Having been raised during the Cold War and lived through tales of the dissolution of the USSR, I must admit that I expected to find a lot of ugly gray buildings in countries with limited infrastructures that hadn't yet entered the 21st century, as least by western standards. ...
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