Day 27, 28…Romania to Moldova to Ukraine

29 May

Our plan to cross the romanian/ukranian border on a boat through the Danube delta was a big fail, as the checkpoint in Ukraine (Izmail) had been closed, and could only be opened for 250$ plus 200€ for the boat ride, as the custom would pick us up in the middle of the river. We then had no option but cycling backward to Galati, go through Moldova, and do an extra 180 kilometers to get to Ukraine. We intended to take a bus to gain some time, but we couldn’t either as those aren’t proper buses but packed minivans that couldn’t host our bikes.

We started cycling early in the morning and got back to Galati around 2PM, got stuck at the border for some time, then finally reached Moldova in the afternoon. The landscape instantly changed and Moldova at first sight looked like an abandoned country, pretty empty with just ruins from the soviet era here and there. Distances between villages are much longer and we crossed steep hills for hours before reaching the next city, Vulcanesti, at about 8.30PM ; after nearly 9 hours on the bike. We had cycled 144 kilometers -new record!- on hilly landscapes, went through rain again, and felt exhausted, so we decided to stop in the first hotel we would find.

Here, it really feels being in between 2 worlds, as cyrillic is mixed with latin, and most people speak either russian, either romanian, but not both. The cost of life decreased even more : for example for lunch today we had 2 chicken kebabs, 1 liter of Kefir, 4 bananas, a tablet of chocolate and 1 liter of coke for about 4 euros.

People are really nice but it’s much harder to communicate than with romanians, as our russian is still pretty basic!

We’re now going to cycle towards Ukraine just 10k away from here. Once again, the weather does not look very promising.

 

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3 Responses to “Day 27, 28…Romania to Moldova to Ukraine”

  1. Sophie-Marie from Tahiti May 30, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    Hi folks ! congratulations for your trip, first time that I leave you a comment but try to follow you, it is great; how come this incredible idea of doing such trip ? I love your pictures, specially the “portraits”, welldone ; enjoy , and …listen to your body, take care,

  2. George May 30, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Hello guys,
    I’m sorry for you cause I misled about the border cross. However I hope you enjoyed you visited Tulcea. Good luck.

  3. Seb May 31, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Come on guys! GO GO GO!

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