to Romania! No Bus No Boat No Train!
Pros: beach playing by day, discos,
strolling the boulevards at night, sightseeing
Monday, Aug 30, 2004 07:45
On Aug 21st I left the good ole USA in search of an Eastern European
I flew to Bucharest, Romania and...upon arrival...I really had no
definite plans...so...when the opportunity arose, I jumped on it!
--In a newsstand in the airport I met a Romanian-now-living-in-the-U.S.--we
chatted a bit...and...5 minutes later he returned to say I was coming
with him and his Business associate (from Michigan)--they were in
search of Land Purchase opportunities in Romania--and, were going
to the beach!
So...Paul hopped on board their rental car and...4 hours later...was
on the Black Sea Coast!
Not a bad start!
Aug 22, 23, 24, 25--days spent enjoying the Romanian beach scene--beach
playing by day...discos and strolling the boulevards at night...no
complaints here! I stayed in Neptun--2 nights...Costinesti--2 nights...both
fun but...Costinesti was better!
Aug 26--a travel day--to Constanta for lunch and sightseeing...then...onto
Tulcea (near the border with Ukraine). Arrival in Tulcea followed
a meeting with two Irish girls--became friends on the train--we
hung out together that evening with a Romanian friend met along
Aug 27, 28--nights spent with a family (elderly couple--the man--age
78--was strong as an ox!)...days spent in search of opportunities
for travel into the Ukraine...unfortunately, they proved not-so-fruitful...as
the going price was over USD$350!!!!
So...instead of complaining...I enjoyed 3 days in Tulcea with my
new friends from Ireland and Romania! Chatting...going to cafes...meeting
with boat captains and government officials (who wanted a "cut"
of my travel "action")...and...finally...departing northwards.
Aug 29--a stop in Galati overnight (a FREE stay with a shop owner
I met on the street--THANK YOU SO MUCH! Her family invited me into
their apartment...fed me dinner and breakfast, and even took me
to the train station in the morning!--hospitality at its finest!).
As for transit into the Ukraine--my suspicions were confirmed that
traveling into the Ukraine from Galati wouldn't be much better than
from Tulcea (visa hassles, expenses, etc.)...so...continuing north
Aug 30--7 hr train ride from Galati to Suceava (all travel so far
has been in Romania). Fun conversation with a local met onboard
the train...then...adventures in Suceava!!!
Main Highlights/Lowlights of Week #1 in Romania?
* Beautiful girls...and...at the beach...they wear very little!
* Everybody smokes, it seems :( Buy stock in Phillip Morris!
* The CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG in Romania (opposite of USA).
* Americans are given special treatment here (price for services
immediately goes up!)
* Yes, there are gypsies in Romania--nobody likes them.