Cahul to Braila

Trip Start Jul 09, 2007
Trip End Aug 06, 2007

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Thursday 2 August
Woken by market my room overlooked so down for breakfast at 7. Quite nice breakfast served by battle axe who didn't look happy. Back to bed then met Julia on the terrace trying to find internet cafe but too much trouble so cycled towards border with lack of signposts so had to ask. Just before border found a cafe so had another breakfast of mushroom omelette. Over border getting told off for taking a picture as Romanians checked my passport. Found a war memorial and then cycled down river valley passing some kind of situation between peasants and local trader. I decided to make the ride a little harder by keeping in top gear the whole of the 60k so a few struggles on the uphills. Arrived in Braila and went straight to the railway station to find out the train times to Bucharest and buy my ticket. Absolutely no information on hotels so went and asked a few people. One girl was very helpful and I asked if she wanted to go for a drink later, even though she had a piece of metal holding her teeth together like I'd seen in Africa,,,she said she was studying for her vet exams. Went to hotel next to football graffitied police station, which was too expensive, but they very kindly showed me to a cheaper one over the road. Showered and went for a walk to find internet cafe and found it hidden next to my hotel after walking everywhere else and not finding any helpful people. Next to find food by river which seamed quite posh, well for Romania. Found decent Italian restaurant but had a dj banging out crap western pop music very loud. Made a kind of joke with waiter like I couldn't hear him but the music remained loud until a business looking man with family complained. Ate my spag bol and carlsberg as quickly as possible and went to another bar where the beer was better but I was the only customer and waitress didn't ask if I wanted another drink, so I didn't. Walked back to hotel past busy boulevard and to sleep.
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