Terrible journey from Budapest to Sofia
Trip Start May 16, 2006
30Trip End Aug 16, 2006
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Age 15 his family moves to Phili, he is suddenly in public instead of private school, he is not accustomed to the new environment, he starts doing drugs, and almost immediately climbs the ladder to cocaine, heroin, etc. His life is about drugs, he goes in and out of school and jail, and eventually does a year for heroin possession at the age of 17 or so. The guy in the cot next to him is a known molestor, and when said guy nears Ernest in the night, Ernest stabs him in the face with a fork, his only violent stint ever
Puts things into perspective, doesn't it?
Anyway, onto the quite eventful journey from Budapest to Sofia.
I showed up the day before yesterday to board my bus, only to find that THEY MOVED IT TO THE NEXT DAY AND DID NOT TELL ME. Great. So I wander around in the rain for 2 hours trying to find a hostel.
So, last night the bus actually runs, but it is basically miserable
Oh, and also there were the 2 times were were completely dead-ended on narrow 2-lane mountain roads, queued behind a line of semis stretching beyond vision. The first time, the driver pulls off the most miraculous turnaround EVER. Picture a 50 ft bus turning around in a 4 inch wide corridor, but the instead of walls at its edges, the corridor drops off steeply and abruptly. So, we backtrack, go somewhere else, and (I later discover) go through Serbia. And then get stuck in a nearly identical manner. 2 lanes, very narrow, no shoulder, nowhere to go. This time, though, we wait it out, and whatever wrecked and blocked the road eventually got out of the way, and we made it to Bulgaria, and eventually Sofia.
I hungrily devoured some 10 am late dinner McDonald's, got directions to my hostel, and have now spent a very tired and braindead hour or two at this internet cafe. Goodbye, all.
ps- I do not respond to each comment, but I do appreciate them all, and i want everyone to know back home that I miss and love them.