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... and not about to try to turn over to face the guy. Darlene handed over her passport and retrieved mine from my pants. Off they went with a stack of passports.
Next, came the customs folks. I was still sleepy groggy so once again Darlene did the talking. The guy was looking for stuff that Romanians hide in sleeping cars, I guess. He wanted to see the luggage but Darlene avoided that by saying the luggage was all stored above us in ...
... that we were in just about the safest position possible by staying with a foreign service officer in embassy housing; we might as well make the most of our time in this former Soviet country on the brink of Russian invasion. Visiting Moldova was certainly not on my list of 30 Things To Do Before I Turn 30, but the country started piquing my interest about four years ago when one of my good childhood friends began making regular trips to Moldova to work on ...
... stunning. It was very idyllic and calming as we made our way over to the monastery. After hours on the bus and at intense border crossings, we arrive at our final destination.
Our final few hours in Chernivtsi were spent on a small city tour and some free ...
... Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia recognized Transnistria's existence). It took longer waiting at the Moldovan-Transnistria “border” for them to give us our passports back than to drive through the territory. While we were waiting, I wondered out loud what could they be doing with our passports that was taking so long. Someone said maybe they were photo-copying every page. I guess we’ll never know though. But finally we got our passports back and managed ...
... and Russian visa, I had no energy for another invitation letter. I also heard stories about the train trip from Chisinau to Odessa which passes through a rather treacherous little territory called Transistria - an unrecognised breakaway republic within Moldova with its own army, flag, passport etc. In other words, a part of the world where if something were to go wrong, I'd be completely unprotected. Apparently guards rob foreigners passing through as they know ...