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Nov 6, 2014 - Arriving in Romania

Landed at the Zurich (Switzerland) airport on time at 11am this morning (which is 5am EST). The airport looked like any airport in the United States. The only real difference is that almost all of the signs were bilingual, German and English. (Zurich is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.) Curiously, the sign for checking your passports was mono-lingual: English-only! Can you imagine that? A critical sign when going from a German speaking country to a Romanian speaking country was neither in German nor in Romanian! We arrived at the...

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Balkans 2014

May 1, 2014 - Zurich to Bucharest, Romania

Arrived Zurich around 11:15am local time with less than an hour to get to our onward flight to Bucharest. We made it in plenty time, with fingers crossed our luggage would also get to the plane. About a two hour flight to Bucharest. Immigration was very quick, luggage arrived ok, transport was there for our journey to town, and airport ATM gave me money - good start. We have a studio apartment for our five nights here. Good bathroom, wifi internet, cable tv (with even a few english channels), kitchen (Vicki's happy), located very close to...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Bucharest and Danube Delta

Romania Danube Delta and Bucharest August 9th to 17th We crossed into Romania on a hot morning and there was an immediate change, basically more money. We were travelling up the Black Sea coast and were therefore in the touristy area where there was clearly cash being spent. Once we cleared the coast we found ourselves in wide big vista country with low wide hills given over to wheat and other grain crops. We remarked that this must be how the steppes look - Of course they were the steppes, albeit the western tip of the euro-asian steppe....

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May 4, 2013 - Day 12 - Constanta to Bucharest, Romania

We woke up still in Constanta and on the boat; but about to make a major move from our “home away from home” as it was picking up an entire set of new passengers for the cruise back to Budapest!! It certainly was nice not having to pack and unpack every few days as we traveled through the countryside and from town to town!! Luggage out at 6AM – a quick breakfast and then we said goodbye to our Captain (and the crew); leaving the riverboat at about 8AM. We drove one last time past the scrap metal cranes working away and out of the port....

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Jul 29, 2012 - Bucharest

Hey There.. Today we left Sibiu, Transylvania for Bucharest, Romania...got about 45min out and Blew a hose and were delayed by the side of the road for about another 45 min. lucky for us there was a small bar right across the street in the country! So off we went for a beer and BR break..just a note the ladies BR door did not close so it took one of us to hold the door closed and the other to use the BR. Water ..no towels or dryer. The driver managed to fix the bus along with a few helpers who of course stuck their heads into the engine as...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Bucharest, Romania

New day, new country. We are now in Romania and went to Bucharest to tour the city. It is a really beautiful city and in the nice parts looks a lot like Paris. Our first stop was the "Village Museum", an open air museum with historic houses and churches from all of the different parts of Romania. (Some of you may have been to one like it in Denmark or Sweden.) I love these museums, because they bring the culture to you in a natural setting. There were log houses, thatched roofed houses, windmills, wooden churches, etc. Wonderful, but not...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Romania revisited

I have changed my view of Romania - while they appear to be very serious and suspicious at first glance, here is where first impressions can be wrong. We had a great last day here before leaving for the ship. The best story today was in the telling of Michael Jackson speaking to a huge crowd in Bucharest and exclaiming that "I love Budapest!" . He was speaking to a crowd of many thousands from the balcony of the Peoples Palace built by Ceausescu - a monster of a building that is a gross display of that president's greed - his country was...

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Apr 15, 2012 - Romanian realities

Today was an out of the city tour - and the country side does not look in any better condition than this city. Romania is crumbling and drowning in garbage. It seems as if it is stuck in time with no real idea of how to move on. The older people are firm in their old ways while many of the educated leave Romania for better opportunities and then do not return. Any change will be very slow in coming. The Carpathian Mts are quite pastoral and can be surprisingly beautiful from far away. The castle we visited was labelled with the myth of...

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Aug 24, 2011 - Bucharest

After some epic transit times, we finally arrived in Bucharest to be greeted by Constantin (who as it turns out is a short, little Romanian man). Our 'hostel' was run by Constantin and his mother; which consisted of two rooms in their tiny apartment on the 9th floor of the building. They were possibly the nicest people and if it hadn't been 35 degrees we may have accepted the million cups of tea they offered to make. Bucharest can be summed up in a few words; rollerblading (we think they haven't realised the 90s are over), stray dogs (that...

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Jun 14, 2011 - A trip to Transylvania

Yesterday we arrived in Romania and the city of Bucharest. We were joined by many more people who will go on the river boat up the Danube, when we board tomorrow. Today we divided into four bus groups and left the hotel at 8 am. Our trip was to visit the Bran Castle which was originally a stronghold of the Teutonic Knights and of strategic importance as a barrier to invading Ottoman forces. It was the famous castle used in the filming and story about Count Dracula. To get to Bran Castle we drove 3 hrs through beautiful farmland and valleys...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Three Cities Later

It hardly seems a week has passed since I last write you, Dear Reader. In that time there have been weddings, and funerals, births, natural disasters and abominable Hollywood films have been released. As for your Humble Narrator, nada. Oh, I moved on from Accra to Brussels, and then to Vienna, and thence to Bucharest in the far east of Europe, from whence I will depart tomorrow for Cluj in the Transylvanian heartland. And my wallet got picked in a moment of weariness in the Vienna metro, forcing some furious fancy dancing for several days,...

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EurAfrica 2011

May 9, 2011 - Welcome to my Presidential Palace

Ahh Bucharest, the so called Paris of the east. It really isn't but the communist leader of romania, Nicolae Ceauşescu had ambitions of it being so. My first stop was to the Presidential palace, which is now the parliament building among many other things. Apparently its the second largest building in the world by surface area. Its also commonly labelled as the world most unnecessary building also. It was built on land devastated by an earthquake. The funny thing was, Ceauşescu wanted the land to build his grand palace of all things...

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