The other side
Trip Start Jul 04, 2013
29Trip End Aug 29, 2013
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And sometimes my gratitude comes from the stark realization that people all over the world are living in abject poverty yet find a reason to get up in the morning and smile. Today was one of those days.
After a morning coffee stop at a small market on the outskirts of a small Gypsy village, we rode through the only street in town. It was paved, but covered in horse dung and lined with small mud homes that were literally crumbling
Funny how we take pictures of all the beautiful things we see along the way but somehow ignore the ugly side of things. I didn't want to violate these people by taking pictures without asking but I also didn't want to stop to ask - I'd been warned that they can be very aggressive beggars and didn't want to get myself or my fellow riders into a contentious situation.
I've been trying all week for a way to describe Romania and it's very difficult. I am deeply intrigued with it but can't really explain why. It is, for the most part, a very backward country with even the affluent parts holding on to architecture and interior design left over from the Communist era. People EVERYWHERE smoke, inside and outside. But my perception is that most Romanians are CONTENT, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Some use archaic farming tools to tend to crops, some ride rickety bicycles to the factories, and some drive Audis fast through the villages to God-knows-where. But they are all generally pleasant, warm and very polite and helpful. It appears this country has a quality of life that is not contingent on standard of living.
And so we have arrived in Bucharest - the "Paris of the East" I'm told. There is laundry to be done and showers to be had - I suspect we'll do our exploring tomorrow. I'm hoping to go for a run but so far I haven't seen any suitable running paths.
And so tomorrow we "rest"...and I'll report back if I find anything interesting ;-)