• Hitchhike to India leg 30: Chisinau to Bucharest

    Hello once again dear readers.  It has been a while.  For one reason or another I have disinclined to continue writing, choosing instead to procrastinate with horses.  And other such shady characters.  As a result, I am somewhat behind in regaling my adventures, so for the next few entries, we shall wind the clocks back.  Come with me on …

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  • Listening to Ella Fitzgerald

    Chance meetings with like-minded individuals sharing the same fervor for globetrotting are generally ten-a-penny for James Peter Alden.  Within minutes of strolling into a sociable environment a conversation would catch his attention, and more often than not the perpetrator would end up becoming something of a new buddy.  An instant friend in a cup yes, …

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  • Translvania

    Ooooh scary!  I don’t mean seeing my sister; I mean doing a long-awaited tour of the famous Carpathian mountains.  For years my sibling and I have desired to visit this mystical land full of castles, gypsy villages and vampires.  Bram Stoker aficionados since our teens, we’ve been obsessed with all things Dracul.  My first Halloween …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 18: Timișoara to Bucharest. Total failure.

    This is going to be ridiculous.  560 odd kilometers through country and mountain roads, no direct route, and breaking the number one hitchhiking rule; never have a time frame.  I’ve got one day to make Bucharest for my sisters arrival by Sunday lunchtime.  Oh and it’s driving snow.  I can barely see my hand in …

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  • Timișoara

    It feels genuinely wonderful to be in a new country, and one I’ve wanted to visit for a very long time.  Ever since I heard about Transylvania , I’ve had this desire to explore this mysterious and fascinating land called Romania.  With the utmost respect to the Balkan countries, I’m thrilled to be back amongst …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 17: Novi Sad to Timisoara

    Save the ridiculously easy journey from Belgrade to Novi Sad, hitching of late has become something of a difficulty;  and it will certainly continue to be so for the foreseeable future.  This appears due to a number of factors, the primary one being no real direct roads anywhere.  I fully anticipate requiring several rides to …

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