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Published: August 18th 2010
On the Road AgainDusting the Rust from the Iron Curtain
Here we are on the MARTA train. Yep, we just cannot make ourselves hire a limo.
Most of my friends can easily remember the Cold War. At times it was scary with the Cuban Missile Crisis and drills of hiding under your desk at school to protect against atom bombs! Slowly, and thankfully, the Cold War ended. Can you believe that it has been 21 years since the Soviet Union collapsed? We are coming to see what it was like behind the curtain.
Who do you know that started life in East Point, attended Russell High School and found themselves in Russia? Or at least behind the Iron Curtain. I may be one of the first. So today I went from R to R in 24 hours. See the photos.
Sadly, this trip came up on the same week as my 45th year high school reunion. I want to give a shout out to all my RHS classmates. I know you will have fun this weekend.
Our adventure began Monday, August 16, with a ride to MARTA with our neighbor, Andrea. It was on MARTA that I spotted my old high school from the train. Thus, the title to this blog.
We started here.
arriving at the Atlanta airport, we once again accepted the hospitality of my brother-in-law, John, and stopped in the Sky Lounge for a light snack while we waited for our flight to Dulles. We left Atlanta on schedule and arrived in DC at 2:00pm where we met with our friends Jay and Camille Warren. We met Jay and Camille when we lived in the Bahamas. They are very interesting people that have lived a life of adventure and excitement in many countries in the world.
Our overnight flight to Paris went smoothly (except for the one drunk on the plane-guess who he sat next to) and we arrived early. After walking across Charles DeGaulle Airport, we had a short wait for a flight to Bucharest, Romania.
This flight also went well but was a little longer than anticipated. Still we arrived about 2pm, local time. We are six hours ahead of Atlanta, so it was about 8am, Atlanta time when we arrived.
I don’t know if it was travel fatigue or not but I did not have a good first impression of Bucharest. It was raining and our driver missed a turn to the hotel from the
The old school looks pretty good from the train. I see the blocking dummies from my old football days.
airport. What should have been a 20 minute drive took 45. The sights and buildings are right out of your mental picture of life behind the ‘curtain.’
Later, we had a nice welcome drink and dinner in the hotel with the tour group. This is our first ever group tour and we are a little apprehensive about how we will enjoy. There are currently 33 people in our group. We are taking an optional five night pre-trip to Transylvania now. When we reach the river cruise, the number will increase to over 100. So, this part of the trip will give us a good chance to get over any jet lag.
I have web service in this Ramada Hotel. I still do not know if there is service on the cruise. I should know tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Tom & Jackie
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