Got back to Romania for almost a whole month. Need to say “Hi” to a few doctors that I believe more trust-worthy and a lot cheaper, and ask them to do to me some mambo jumbo so I can be brand new. :))) I landed yesterday, after a flight with some air turbulences. When I left Belgium, the wind was blowing so hard, that I thought the car I was in would have taken off before the airplane.
Getting back home was extremely adventurous. From Baneasa airport to my town – Focsani, it is more or less 3-4 hours to drive. And it was dark and cold (it’s strange how the Romanian cold has a specific smell. I smelled it as soon as I got off). It took us almost an hour to leave Bucharest. The queue of cars was huuuuge, forming a never ending constrictor snake, that moved so so so slow. Once we were on the national road, the adventures began.
The first think my brother did when we got out from Baneasa/Bucharest was to put the anti-radar device. It is absolutely normal in Romania, where the roads are the biggest smugglers. We didn’t want any fine for speed excess, but in the same time we wanted to get home as soon as possible. My brother had to come back to Bucharest in the same night. (well the University requires sacrifices).
The highway was extremely crowded. Some drivers were pretty chaotic, especially in the busy narrow junctions. What right priority rule! There’s no such a thing! You just need to swear, to pull right and left the wheel and make yourself room. Just try not to hit the drunk guy, smartly dressed, smocking a cigarette in the middle of the road while talking on his slim sliding last generation mobile phone, probably about the accident he just had. Never mind…
The busy junctions were nothing compared to the huge “long vehicle” truck that appeared out of the blue in front of us. The truck was turning right and coming on our road, which was by the way split in two lanes. And guess what? The driver thought it would be safer to go to the right lain (on which we were driving, coming from the back). Instead of accelerating, the driver thought it was better to slow down, so we were up to the point to make ourselves a sandwich under the truck. But the new Ford Focus that my brother was driving, did his job! The double deck assured the stability while the ABS together with the excellent tyres enabled a perfect break. Another challenge nicely managed! Right, but not the last one. After the long vehicle, it was our turn to be to the point to hit something. Not a car, not even a man! In the foggy night, the outline of a silhouette started to distinguish. It looked like two people standing in the middle of the road, as we saw something comparable to two pairs of legs. But while we were approaching, we realised there was something else in between them two pairs of legs. We realized that in the middle of the road, there was actually a … HORSE! Well, pull the wheel left, avoid the obstacle and move on! A HORSE? Who on earth leaves its horse in the middle of the road AND in the middle of the night? And how come that horse was so damn … relaxed? (if the horses can be relaxed). We couldn’t believed our eyes!!! Well, never mind… just keep driving! We’re almost in Buzau, the town of “covrigi” – pretzels and Focsani is only 40 minutes away. But in Buzau, another event is worth mentioning – an overtake. Yeah, we tried to overtake a reddish old Dacia wagon. This driver had the interesting habit to drive with its left door opened. You may say- sometimes people open their car’s door while driving, in order to close it better. But it was simply not the case! This guy was actually driving with his car door widely open and he just didn’t bother to close it! But after the junctions, the long vehicle and the horse, in the end, we didn’t bother either…
I got home pretty exhausted and slept a LOT. Now I am ready for some appointments.
>Damned Gabriela! Romania has never seemed so far from Belgium after reading your post 😉 Keep cool & enjoy your stay!