“Travels to a Different Time” : 10July1974: Contanesti, Romania: Fighting to Get on a Romanian Bus: More Repulsive Food: Is Pierre an FLQ Terrorist?

Thank goodness this dastardly Romanian rain and wind did not blow away or soak my tent. More cloudy weather makes this place look very drab. Eric and I walked to the bus stop to take the bus into Constanţa to get some money changed. After changing some money we went to the Auto Service for lunch after waiting in line forever. To put it politely what a repulsive lunch. We headed back and decided to endure the fights to get on a bus. In Greece it was the little old ladies that were aggressive in getting on the bus. In Romania it is everyone. I had to elbow out an old lady to get on the bus. When in Romania do as the Romanians do! Bread and cheese for supper and off to the discotheque. In bed at midnight.

11July1974: More Romanian rain. This place is getting depressing. Line-ups everywhere, food shortages, gross restaurant food, rain, no toilet paper, cloudy and rainy weather and lousy beaches with freezing cold water. Around 4 I went out for walk with Eric and we bought a small bottle of rum which we had with a Pepsi. Again at 8 we snuck into the Communist youth discotheque and chummed with Rick the DJ. He is Mr. Cool here but in Canada that would be another story. He is goobery looking being tall and fat with thick glasses dressed in very uncool clothes. No dancing tonight as I talked politics with Pierre who revealed he was arrested and put in prison for three months without a trial thanks to Trudeau’s War Measures Act. Pierre said he was a friend of Paul Rose who was involved in the kidnapping of James Cross in Montreal. In fact Pierre was not even given any reason why he was arrested. Pierre said the Romanian Communists took power through a popular front with the Social Democrats. The Communists seized power in 1952 and they created co-ops for the peasants who were opposed to having their land confiscated. Romania was a very anti-Semitic country before the war when a fascist Antonescu was in power. Apparently, Jews in Romania were sent to concentration camps or murdered in pogroms.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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