“Travels to a Different Time” : 14July1974: Contanesti, Bucharest, Romania: Getting My Ass Pinched by Romanian Girls

Auto stopped into Constanţa with a truck driver. We stopped for a lunch of 4 grilled meatballs and bread which cost 70 cents. I eventually found the train station and took the 3:30 train to Bucharest. The train was overcrowded with you guessed it no seats so we were stuck in the corridor with people mashing into us particularly several people with massive stomachs. I even had my rear pinched by some Romanian girls who had a good giggle. The train was not cheap. The countryside was beautiful and perhaps that was because I was not in a car worried about a crash. At one station a group of gypsies came up hawking apricots. We arrived at the Gara de Nord which was full of gypsies, soldiers and all manner of human beings. I found a phone and after two hours of trying got hold of Sorin and took the bus to his flat. It was good to see a friendly face and his sourpuss girlfriend was back in Bacau. We had a beer and had some fried eggs which were delicious as all Romanian eggs are. Had a hot shower and hit the sack at midnight.

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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