Pucharest

Trip Start May 22, 2007
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Trip End Jul 03, 2007


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Sunday, June 10, 2007

From Budapest, we caught a night train to Bucharest, Romania. It was about a 13 hour ride and got a two bed cabin all to ourselves for less than 50 U.S.D. per person. It was wonderful. We had locks on the door and they gave us free water! After all this excitement, I went to use the toilet and when I flushed it, the toilet decided to regirgitate all over my pants. Gross. Cleaned up, changed, and was ready to go.
Got to Bucharest. Let me recount the lameness that is the Romanian capital.
Travel books warn about 2 things in Bucharest, the stray dogs and taxi drivers that rip you off. Within two minutes of arriving we were harrassed by about seven taxi drivers and saw half a dozen stray dogs. We got our accommodations for the night and were off. The major attraction is their Parlaiment, the second largest building in the world (first person to get back to me with the largest wins some pride). Walked in and paid the 15 U.S.D. for the tour that was supposed to start in 15 minutes. Forty-five minutes later a man came out and said that the English tour would be starting momentarily and only 25 people were allowed in. Well, there was about twice that and everyone stormed up to the front. People were pushing and yelling at each other. Kim and I got out of the craziness and were told that another English tour would be starting in 5-10 minutes. About an hour later, we asked for our money back and got the hell out of there.
Next we walked about 45 minutes to the contemporary art museum. There were two other people we saw in the museum over the 1 1/2 hours we spent there. Kim fell asleep watching a film. Half the Museum was closed. We left. Then we went looking for a cathedral we couldn't find and then spent 30 minutes looking for a specific restaurant for lunch. When we finally found it, it didn't open for another three hours.
A couple hours later we were walking down the street and saw this man slap and then punch some woman in the face. It was at this point we decided we had enough and wanted out ASAP. Unfortunately we couldn't get to Chisinau until the next evening because everything closes early Saturday and all day on Sunday. Finally we headed out of Bucharest after about 36 lame hours to Chisinau, Moldova.

By Dan
Book Notes:
Traveling is also about reading for me. Read two books, Paul Therroux's "The Old Patagonian Express" and Henry David Thoreau's "Walden." The last name thing was unintentional. Paul's book was really good travel writing about a train trip from Boston to Patagonia. Would suggest it for anyone who likes travel literature. Henry's was a bit of a challenge, but I always feel good about reading philosophy independent of a class.

Football Note:
Daunte Culpepper is an enigma. One writer suggested he may be good in Baltimore and honestly I am without an opinion. Actually, I have one. Would rather have Daunte than Kyle.
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niabobia
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I know!
Technically, I suppose it's the Boeing plant in Washington. But I'm guessing that's slightly too modern. So probably it's the Aerium in Germany.

Yes, yes. Thank you wikipedia.

Can you tell that I do love putting off my lecture creation? I hope you guys are having fun.

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