“Travels to a Different Time” : 20July1974: Simeria, Romania: Ducks and Chickens Running Around the Street

Up early to perform my morning ablutions and readying for my next destination Sebes. I had to take a bus to Sibiu to get to the main road. A toothless peasant in front of me reeked of wine and we were sandwiched in. I had to mash my way out. I got my first ride going to Sebes on a large diesel truck and we were going at a good clip until we got to two railway crossings with a 20-minute wait at each one. We stopped at a restaurant and he bought me a beer. Romanians are generally a friendly lot. Sebes was totally uninteresting so I pushed on to Simeria walking past stunned Romanians staring at me. An Australian couple picked me up next and took me to Simeria. I walked to the campground and pitched my tent next to a Romanian doctor who had recently visited Montreal. I had yet another cold shower and it felt good to get the grime off. Afterwards a whole litre of water and three ice creams. It was a charming small town with ducks and chickens running around the streets. I walked along the river which was muddy yet Romanians were swimming in it. I returned in the campground just in time as rain thunder and lightning struck. Unfortunately a few things got wet in the tent. Damn Romanian rain!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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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