Tag Archives: Romania

I try not to poop

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This post is about a 4km walk from Rugi to Turcinești. I am really just trying to get to a place where I can lay down. Those of you who have been with me for a long time might remember my friend Paul. I haven’t talked about him since China, have I? Well, Paul was […]


pineapple pants

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This post is about a few days of wearing pineapple pants at a pool. I try to get rid of some anxiety, but the worry about the road is real. The village guesthouse was quite nice. It even had a pool. And it turned out that I was more or less the only guest, at […]


anything but the shit show

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This post is about a 23km walk from Rasoviţa to Rugi. After a short stint on one of the main roads I walk through the fields again. At about seven in the morning I was glad that I had put my tent outside of the cemetery gate and not inside. An old man with a […]


pharisees

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This post is about a 27km walk from Ponoarele to Tismana. I’m excited to see the Tismana Monastery, but things work out differently. I had been playing with the idea of staying in the guesthouse for another day. It was mostly the soreness in my legs that was telling me to do so. But in […]


God’s Bridge

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This post is about God’s Bridge in Ponoarele. It’s a natural bridge that used to be part of a cave, and there’s a cave next to it. When I woke up I could hardly move. Even just taking the stairs in the guest house felt difficult. Everything hurt. sore But I needed to get some […]


morning beer

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This post is about a 32km walk from Godeanu to Ponoarele. I start off with a morning beer, and toward the end I struggle a bit. The night was good, but it was over too early. I had pitched the tent in the shade of the late afternoon, which meant that now it was in […]


don’t forget the struggle

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This post is about a 9km walk from Balotești to Godeanu. The first stretch is one of the toughest climbs the Caboose and I have ever done. Mircea has warned me about the road ahead. It’s steep and unpaved, and it winds its way up the mountain for about three or four kilometers. I am […]


Via Transilvanica

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This post is about a 19km walk from Drobeta-Turnu Severin to Balotești. I fix a tire in John’s bike shop La Pedale, and I wait out some rain. In the morning I walked through Drobeta and straight to a bike shop called La Pedale. I had been there before a few days earlier to fix […]


sideboob

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This post is about a visit to the Severin Fortress in Drobeta-Turnu Severin. It’s from the 13th century, and there isn’t much left of it. Drobeta-Turnu Severin had an odd name. It was as if the town couldn’t decide which name to use and went with the hyphen. the name Apparently, this was the doing […]


hello from the other side

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This post is about a visit to the Iron Gates Region Museum. I see a model of Trajan’s Bridge, and I have a conversation about Ceaușescu. It seemed as though the question of how to cross the Carpathian mountains was going to be a tough one. I had started asking random people what road to […]


I like macarons

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This post is about an idle day in Drobeta-Turnu Severin. I buy a few SIM cards, then I have some fancy food near the water tower. I woke up clean on a bed in a hotel room. The hotel was very big, with long corridors, a large foyer, and a bunch of flags on top […]


stegosaurus

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This post is about a 27km walk from Kladovo to Drobeta-Turnu Severin. I cross the border from Serbia to Romania via the Iron Gate I dam. When I go to the supermarket in the morning to buy some provisions (mostly bananas, bread, and ayvar), I see a huge dude with a slogan on the back […]