From Budapest to Chisinau

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April 8th 2017
Published: September 30th 2017
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Our day began at 4:45am, with a 5am departure for the airport. We returned the rental car (easy) and went to the terminal … which was very crowded. Then realized we were in Terminal 2A, went there, and had no lines at all. Quickly for check-in and through security. We then went to get a cup of coffee … and ended up chatting with a young woman who was at Kyla's college at the same time as Kyla. Small world! They didn't know each other, but Kyla later discovered they have 31 mutual friends on facebook. How funny!

Easy flight to Munich. We went briefly to the (very empty) lounge in Munich, then to the gate for our flight to Chisinau. It was delayed, but only slightly. Fine flight, though very bumpy upon arrival. Easy immigration and customs, and our driver was waiting for us. He had a brief fight with some taxi drivers (who tried to block his way with their bodies) when he came with the car to pick us up, but it never turned truly violent. Just a lot of shouting.

The drive through Chisinau wasn't too exciting – definitely post-Soviet state, although the language is predominantly Romanian on the signs. Our hotel is very plutocratic in the grand manner … heavy gold drapes, carved dark wood, but nice as well. Super-comfortable. We have the "executive suite" … so Kyla as a sofa converted to bed and her own bathroom and toilet.

Kyla and I rested for a bit and had a glass of wine to celebrate her 100th country! (The hotel provides us with complementary wine and fruit.) Then we went for a walk, as the sun had come out. It was still a cold wind, but when it stopped, it was warm. We walked through a square with the main cathedral and along the edge of a pretty park. We had no trouble with the ATM machine, and then we found a pizza restaurant for lunch. Paid with credit card, no problem. Then back to the room, to work and read.

Paul arrived a little before 22:00h – straight from Istanbul!

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