Road trip

Tweet The longest leg of my road research kicks off tomorrow.  I think.  There’s a chance Mother Nature isn’t finished with me yet.  After four days of aggressive snow melting, we were 90% free from the drifts that had pile up over the course of three snow storms the week…

One key fits all

Tweet I got a sobering lesson on how secure my car and its contents aren’t last night. A friend of a friend was over, who also owns a Dacia 1310. He recently lost or broke the key to his trunk and needed to get something out of it, so he…

Enough with the winter %$#$% wonderland already!!!!

Tweet We got dumped on by the third snow storm in less than a week last night. The all night snow was preceded by about two hours of freezing rain, so things are slick as a luge track outside. The situation is starting to get a little dire. The Romanian…

Sights in the Romanian countryside at 90 KPH

Tweet Give a Man a  Bucket… Buckets are a big accessory in rural Romania.  Everyone carries one; children, men, grannies, like a countryside handbag. I would assume they are for hauling water from the well if they weren’t usually empty, so I’m not entirely sure why they’re such an ubiquitous…

Back from the Black Sea

Tweet I made it back from Dobrogea (Black Sea coast) in one piece.  The car only broke once and cost me US$35 to fix, but it set me back by four hours while they dismantled half the engine just to rewire a few bits. I managed to get out of…

Ready, Set, Not!!!

Tweet After meticulous planning and making firm appointments in three cities I went to bed early last night planning to drive out of town at 6:30am this morning, heading for southeast Romania. Seeing how hard I had worked and prepared, God decided to screw me and dropped four inches of…

On the Road Again

Tweet I’m hitting the road tomorrow at 6:00am, heading for the southeast portion of Romania, which includes the Danube Delta region and the cities along the Black Sea. I’ve been to one of the cities before, Constanta.  It’s the gateway city to the Black Sea beaches.  Unfortunately, this isn’t much…

Method Travel Writing

Tweet I’m a firm believer in Method Travel Writing as a means to bond with a destination. Similar to the Method Acting technique, one needs to immerse oneself in the destination, live like the locals, eat what they eat, hang out with them, in a sense, become one.  “When in…

One step forward, four steps back, that’s the Romanian Shuffle

Tweet I don’t want this blog to become consumed with the ordeal of my car purchase, or everything else in Romania that is pissing me off come to that, but I can’t keep quiet on the events of yesterday.  I was one step, one step, away from finally being able…

Gone Phishin’

Tweet You know what “phishing” is, right?  Ah, ah, ah!  Not all of you know or this wouldn’t still be the number one tool for hackers engaged in electronic fraud.  If you’ll allow me… Phishing is when an ill-intentioned person tries to trick you into giving them personal information that…

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