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The technicians arrived, and went to work,....and sure enough, about 40 minutes later,....the door opened,...and I literally JUMPED out! I was sweaty, and a little shaky,.....but I was out of that minuscule little cube,....and that was all I cared about.
Finally,.....I went to bed,....more than READY to bring this hellacious night to a close.
Tomorrow I will fly back to Rome, to meet Dennis, and begin the last phase of my trip.
We, regretfully, left Turkey behind today and for our border crossing journey, it rained. Because "Istanbul is crying for us!" as our tour leader Deni (BUL) exclaimed! And I, crying for it!!
After a very, very, very long drive, we crossed into Bulgaria and made it to the capital of Sofia. Unfortunately, because of the long drive and border crossing, we were not able to spend much time in Sofia. But, we did ...
... just got to enjoy the few hours of being really cold in Austria and four pleasant and helpful interactions with various Austrians.
My accommodation in Slovenia's capital was a rather ghostly hostel. Ljubjana in the off-season tends to be a little quieter and it was only when I wandered the town the following day that I had the real sense of what a lovely, laidback place this was. Caught up in the wonder of Italy, I had not noticed the rather frenetic pace of that ...
... effects of the Communist regime have been clearly evident as we travelled through these Adriatic countries. The basic infrastructure is quite poor. Roads and highways are pot-holed, footpaths crumbling and buildings are damaged and there is always graffiti. It appears that graffiti is a form of protest from the young and people are still trying to reconcile what has happened in their past to today's modern times. Many Communist buildings ...
... him in English, we resort to a lot of makeshift sign language and laughs. Most random sight of the day...at the stop light along the way, there are 2 guys in the road selling phone chargers, like, "hey buddy, nice phone you have there, need a car charger for it??" WTF?
Our driver doesn't know where the hotel is so we drive down some interesting back roads trying to find it...don't like the way you're going on a 1 way in Istanbul? No problem, just let off the ...