Roll on Romania

9th May 2014

Hi,

Well the passports turned up on Wednesday 7th at 1pm (13.00) so we set off for Romania. Our plan was to find a good campsite with facilities and stop for a few days ready for the long trip, to, and then across the Ukraine. We have also found out that our satnav will not work in Russia so Warren is sending another out, so stopping on a site will give us an address for DHL to deliver it to.

We found a site called Camp S in Constanta, Romania. Its clean and up to date, the cost is €12 per night and it is close to the sea. The only bad point is there isn’t much around in the way of restaurants etc!
On Wednesday night we went across the road to the only restaurant open, it was freezing inside (if you could call it inside) I ordered hot fish soup and Les had a salad then for main I ordered Goat, “Good God” what a smell and impossible to cut, we had a laugh about it and then went back to Plodd.
Thursday night was cooking on Plodd Roast Beef, Roast Potato’s, Carrots, Cauliflower and Peas with home made gravy, washed down with plenty of beer and wine, the best meal yet!

What we have found is that Romania is much, much more expensive than Bulgaria, where a 2lt bottle of beer in Bulgaria was costing €1.20, in Romania it was nearly € 4 and we are finding the same across the board, food and fuel, etc. After talking with Peter and Margaret Althaus another couple camping on the site they agreed about the cost in Romania. Peter is just preparing to set off to go to the Lake Balaton in Hungary, on there way to Croatia, it seems such a long time since we were there. Hope they both enjoy the Balaton as much as we did. It was nice to meet you both, have a safe journey and hope to hear from you soon.

With the cost of essentials such as Beer and wine it was a good job we stocked up before leaving Bulgaria! Plodd must be close to 7.5t with all the provisions on board. Talking to the receptionist Daniela at the camp she tells me that Moldova is cheaper than Romania and asking her about a taxi in to the town her first words were it will be a lot more expensive for you as you are a tourist, so you would be better on the bus. So we have decided to get the bus into town about 4pm (16.00) this afternoon and have a little look round the shops before having dinner in town.

Plan A is
Off to the Russian border, leaving Romania on the morning of the 16th and arriving on the Ukraine/Russian border on the 18th May, we cant get there any sooner because our visas don’t allow us to enter Russia before the 18th.
When we head off we are hoping to get to a border town just outside the Ukraine but inside Moldova then the next day get up early (4 or 5 am) and cross into Ukraine and drive none stop to the most northern point close to the Ukraine/Russian border, we don’t know how far we will get but it should be many many km’s from the troubled areas in the East/South of the country.
So that is the plan, watch this space?
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