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Europe » Romania » Moldova » Galati » Galati July 22nd 2020

Bonjour à tous, Ce soir je voulais vous mettre à l'épreuve. Pour les mots croisés, pour le scrabble, ou encore pour briller dans les soirées. Qu'elle est la langue officielle de la Moldavie?. Si vous avez la réponse, je vais être impressionné. Réponse: le gagaouze. Je n'avais jamais entendu ce mot, ni même que la Gagaouzie existait. La langue est un mélange de turque, et d'ukrainien. Les gagaouzes sont un peuple turcophone, venu de Bulgarie s'installé en Moldavie, ils sont de confession, chrétienne orthodoxe. Comme vous l'aurez compris, ce soir je suis encore en Roumanie. En partant ce matin je programme comme prévu, Chisinau en Moldavie, et je suis à environ 70km de la frontière, que je vais faire, d'une part pendant 50km sur une route très encombrée de camions, et ensuite les 20 suivants plus ... read more

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Vaslui » Vaslui July 21st 2020

Bonjour à tous, Hier au soir l'hôtel, était genre centre de congrès, très moderne, très bien. Au restaurant ouvert, j'étais le seul client, dans un cadre exceptionnel, au bord de la piscine. Une ambiance pour jeunes mariés. Mais le personnel toujours aussi peu sympathique, Ce matin, à la réception, une femme canon, la caricature de la beauté slave. Blonde, les yeux d'un super bleu, mais un iceberg, je suis sur qu'avec un soupçon de sourire elle l'aurait fait fondre, et moi avec. La même que la belle Nina de Brastislava, mais avec 15 à 20 ans de plus. Comme je l'avais prévu hier au soir, ce matin 8h, je parts, et ne sais pas où je serais ce soir. J'ai tracé ma route, dans un premier temps jusqu'à Onesti, à 130km de Brasov, que je vais ... read more

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Iasi » Iasi May 25th 2019

Iasi- punctul cel mai indepartat al hartii. Orasul cu mirosul teilor lui Eminescu si cu Bojdeuca lui Creanga si a lui drob de sare. Am ales Hotel Majestic, 220 ron pe noapte, 2 nopti. Camera mare, spatioasa, parcare, internet cu semnal slab, miros existent la baie de la canalizare. Centru orasului este imens, plin de verdeata, palatul Culturii a fost renovat, sunt multe terase si restaurante pe stradute. Gradina botanica si serele reprezinta un punct de interes ce nu trebuie ratat.... read more
interior camera

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Iasi December 21st 2018

Stateam de vorba cu o prietena zilele trecute la birou si imi povestea despre cateva din vizitele pe care lea facut ea, ceea ce mi-a amintit instantaneu de vizita mea la Iasi, asa cam deschis laptopul si am inceput sa scriu despre respectiva vizita. Era intr-o joi seara cand ne-am decis cu totii sa facem o vizita la Iasi, pentru ca auzisem deja mult prea multe povesti despre istoricul oras, asa ca am inceput sa facem un plan de atac. De data asta am ales sa mergem cu avionul, pentru ca este mult mai comod si ne fereste pe noi de alte complicatii, mai ales ca vremea nu era tocmai prietenoasa in acea perioada a anului (Septembrie). Dupa ce am stabilit tot ce era de stabilit, am trecut la alcatuirea bagajelor, eu stiind deja ca este ... read more

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Neamt » Piatra Neamt April 16th 2018

Cand am vizitat prima data Piatra Neamt, am fost la nasii fratelui meu, pe vremea aia avand eu in jur de 12 ani. N-am inteles prea mare lucru dar am promis ca atunci cand voi incepe sa inteleg lumea, am sa ma reintorc in acest oras minunat, si asa am si facut. De data asta am mers strict pentru a-l vizita, pe acest oras minunat, si ce am remarcat eu la prima vedere, cum am intrat in acest orasel, este ca soferii sunt cu totul altfel, fata de cum sunt cei din Bucuresti, se circula mult mai lent, ceea ce imi lasa impresia ca oamenii de aici au mai putine griji Am avut onoarea de a manca la restaurantul din varful muntelui de la ei din oras. Daca ai masa langa margine, poti vedea de acolo ... read more

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Bacau » Bacau September 16th 2016

Just a few more days before my departure to Europe for the Big Build in Bacau, Romania. As part of my plan to visit 100 countries by the the time I reach 70 years of age, I am going on a pre-build tour through the Balkans. The first stop will be Ljubljana in Slovenia, then Croatia,Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia before arriving in Romania. (late breaking news, on a count back, I discovered that I am going to not achieve 100 by the end of this trip.) On September 20th, we left West Hawk Lake after the usual fall shutdown and drove to Winnipeg and then Lorette for a last visit with Aron, Fran and Xavier. Jan will be in the Winnipeg area for a bit, and then she will drive west to Ymir and on to ... read more
Track side monastery
An old freight engine
Mute Swans in the Delta

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Iasi June 1st 2015

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Vrancea July 19th 2014

Again, a nice roadtrip through the mountains. On Saurday the weather was rainy and we went through some thunderstorms and showers around Baile Tusnad. The road from Ojdula to Lepsa (DN 2D) is a very bad one (presumably they are working on it, but I didn't see it happen) so we made the 40 km in more than an hour. However, the region is very nice and all the lodges' back yards lead to the Putna river. After a long drive, we walked for an hour or so along the river. On Sunday we stopped at the Putna waterfall, then headed towards Braila (where there's nothing to see) and then back to Bucharest. Total distance: 768 km.... read more
Putna Waterfall

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Iasi » Iasi November 11th 2013

I got the bus from the south bus station over the border to Iasi (Yash), Romania. The bus only took about 4 hours, possibly the quickest crossing so far. The Romanian border guard was very charming but wouldn't give me a stamp for my passport, which sucked. I arrived at Iasi's west bus station and was met by my old HK flatmate. Emma (her teaching name :) took me back to her place and we ate, drank a lot of tea, looked at the photos so far and watched some telly. Her husband got home around ten with a lasagne from his mother, and we sat down to eat lots and lots of mushroom (mmm, mushroom lasagne with stuffed mushrooms). We watched a film and fell asleep in the early hours. The next day we headed ... read more
Emma and her Mr
Me and a stickman readng a book
Mountains

Europe » Romania » Moldova » Bacau September 29th 2012

Going into a Saturday workday is often tricky....it's not the same...the 6th day of the week....second hand market on the corner....feelings of T-H-E L-A-S-T D-A-Y. There was no painting, mostly flooring, some shoveling, but the mood was one of completion. How can we finish what we started; how can we clean up the site for the next group; how can we say goodbye to our families, our Romanian co-workers, our passion for volunteering. The team rallied in the afternoon to shape up the site and prepared for the next Habitat team to arrive in just over a week. The Romania team was tired, the Thrivent team was tired, but we wanted to make it right, get us where we needed to be. The team felt the need to finish…’hurry up, we only have a half hour ... read more
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