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Saturday July 12 2014
*We leave Bucharest early since we have 365 km to drive and a border crossing into Bulgaria.
*Fortunately light weekend traffic allows for easy navigation out of the city. The countryside is still flat and uninteresting .
*50 km or so from Bucharest we reach the last EU border of our trip. The geographical border between Romania and Bulgaria at this point is the mighty ...
Highlights that come to mind are Jamie's pants being blown off the line during the night. Then in the morning heading out to the market to buy a fishing rod to reel them back in and succeeding!
Going on a dodgy banana boat for the first time and finding ourselves surrounded by jellyfish while we fought to hold on for dear life.
Managing to haggle when drunk for one piece of Donner meat
Managing to balance on someones ...
... bit of English. Eventually he called me over and said "ah boat people", smiled at his joke, scribbled in my passport and said we could go.... so we did. The Bulgarian side was actually pretty swift but I was glad we had read that we had to buy a road tax sticker because 20km down the road we were stopped by the police for a "vignette" check. A quick look at the sticker and passport and off we went. ...
... children; including giving out shoeboxes at the Christmas parties she and her husband organise.
Upon arrival at Burgas, we met with our friend Jello who had organised three visits for us to three very different institutions. The first was an orphanage for children aged 3-7 in Sredets. Sadly we were not allowed to take pictures but the children were very excited and recited the poetry they had learned ...
... was called something like Kawarma. It was so tasty – a combination of pork, onions, and a tomato-based sauce. I had it with chips; nummers. Paul had a barbeque skewer, which was also very tasty. Lunch was not cheap (not outrageous, but very different from when we were in Bulgaria in 1990), but it was so much better than most of what we’ve had to eat on the ship.
Our final stop in town was the Archaeological Museum. It had mostly marble ...