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... was ahead of us. “You know American donuts, right?” I replied that yes, it was hard not to, and she responded with a glowing review of Dunkin Donuts. She then went on to tell me that Romanian donuts were different. She stepped aside, and there was a street food stand full of what looked like rectangular croissants, apparently with filling. She insisted that I try one, and I definitely wasn’t ***********vince. She read me some of the flavors, and I was ...
... br> *We visit Revolution Square where Ceausescu addressed the people for the last time in 1989 before he was arrested, sent to trial and shot dead on Christmas Day. The square was the symbolic location of the Coup d’Etat by the Romanian people against the Ceausescu regime.
*Bucharest is trying hard to re-invent itself. In the ‘Paris style’ areas there are pedestrian zones, street cafes, live music ...
... wagging their tails. I was sad to see my little Blacky go after cuddling with him for close to two hours.
It was a lumbering five hour ride to Bucharest.
Seeing Familiar Places from the Train’s Window
......We got excited when we spotted familiar surroundings.
We passed by the Donau canal which leads to Constanta. This is the spot where we had looked for, but were unable to find, the ...
... as a potatoe on a stick by locals (a justifiable description I must admit).
Romania, like Australia, also uses plastic money. Apparently this was introduced in the early 90s as a foreign advisor told the politicians in power at the time that they should be using more plastic money (ie credit cards) to help the economy, however they took this advice literally and they now, uh, have money that is made from plastic. oops.
Despite the constant satire and ...
Having left Marta's beautiful Hungarian hospitality we were on the road again. This time, on the road again for a loooonnnngg time. It was to be a ten hour truck day. We stopped at a supermarket to spend the remainder of our Forits on Haribo mainly... our usual border routine ..... and soon crossed into Romania. This was the first proper border control we experienced, with stern faced, uniformed, eastern European guards entering the truck requiring passports. Yet still no stamp ...