Category Archives: Travel

Every notable patch of grass in Kiev

Tweet I’m finally back from Kiev.  Actually, I’ve been back for two days, but I’ve been occupied with the Cricova champaign that I brought back (and the brain damaging aftereffects). Aside from being targeted for a lamely executed tourist scam and spending part of my time in a hostel with…

Kiev ‘Greedy Tourst’ scam alive and well!

Tweet Busy, busy. Lots to tell, but no time… except for this one tidbit: The highlight of my first full day in Kiev was the attempted scam two jackasses tried on me.  I was walking down a fairly quiet street about 100 meters from a hotel I was visiting for…

Romanian business and investment opportunities

Tweet All, Well it’s been an exciting weekend here at killing batteries headquarters in central Iasi. Since the nytimes story ran I’ve had more hits, comments and naughty offers from blog groupies in 72 hours than I received in the five months previous. As much as I’d like to sit…

Budapest restaurant scam – Let’s be careful out there

Tweet Hey, this is just a friendly public service announcement for you travelers to stay cognizant of some of the older scams that are still alive and well all over Europe. A friend of mine was just burned by the old menu switcheroo scam in Budapest last week, an art…

Goodbye Romania, Hello Moldova

Tweet I leave for Moldova in the morning and I’ve gotta admit, I don’t think I have ever been more nervous about going somewhere. Usually Moldova can be challenging and the breakaway region of Transdnistria, which I’m also obliged to visit, is one step above chaos, but things have worsened…

More Impressions from the Road

Tweet Best big city:  Timisoara Timisoara is how all big Romanian cities should and hopefully will be.  It’s trendy, cosmopolitan, full of great museums and sights of tourist interest, excellent restaurant/bars/clubs that were simply too numerous for me to note for the book and run by an organized, competent and…

Back in Iasi

Tweet I’ve been back for three days and am just now feeling coherent enough to post. If you’re just joining us, this previous trip, the longest leg of my road research, was tough. I knew it wouldn’t be a cakewalk, but I didn’t expect it to test the limits of…

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