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Sep 17, 2018 - Lessons in drinking Cognac!

We had a nice sleeping in morning as we were free to do as we wanted today. The breakfast buffet here is very nice and no soviet nonsense to get get it! We decided to check out a little market not too far from the hotel to see if we could find some postcards and maybe a souvenir. Unfortunately, the market was pretty lame--lots of flower shops and cigarettes. That's something I haven't mentioned but smoking is a huge problem in these countries--problem for us anyway. The hotels are smoke-free but nothing else and so many people, young people...

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Sep 16, 2018 - The country recognized by only 3 other countries.

Breakfast this morning was a repeat of yesterday, without having to tiptoe thru the orthodox service though. It's nice to have our own bus and not to have to worry about catching public transportation. Our trip today involves crossing the border into Transnistria, or as they prefer, The Prednistrovie Moldovan Republic (PMR). Transnistria literally means "the land after the Dniester River". This country is recognized only by 3 other unrecognized former Soviet breakaway republics: the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh,...

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Sep 11, 2008 - Tiraspol, TransDniester

September 11th – Thursday – Tiraspol, TransDniester On the anniversary of the September 11th tragedy I ironically find myself headed to the self-proclaimed state of Transdniester whose primary industry is the black market arms trade. This is a section of Moldova east of the Dniester River which bisects the country along its north-south axis. The Russian majority in this region of Moldova was decidedly less enthusiastic about the breakup of the Soviet Union than the joyously independent Moldavians on the west bank. Despite Moldavian offers...

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Nov 20, 2006 - Back in Time

So I found out how to get to Tiraspol today and did it...it involves going to the central bus station, which is not a station per se but a huge, seething organism made up of buses, micro-buses, maxi-taxis and throngs of my fellow alleged humans. You go from "sector" to "sector" (i.e. platform to platform) looking at the signs posted in the bus windows. Actually before I had found one that said "Tiraspol" the driver had found me. These guys are not shrinking violets. I paid him my 25 Moldovan Lei (about 2CAD) and off we went in our mini-bus,...

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