Saturday, 30 July 2016

Welcome to Moldova

A few days ago I ticked off another item that's been on my bucket list for a long time: the Republic of Moldova. A country of four million sandwiched awkwardly between Romania and Ukraine, it gained independence from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s but only scrapped visa requirements for Kiwis earlier this year. That was all the encouragement I needed. Getting to the capital, Chisinau, was a four-hour minibus ride from the nearest city in Romania (Iasi); crossing the border was a breeze and the guards even smiled. Things have changed a lot since I last travelled in this part of the world. More to come soon about this little-known, poor but welcoming country...

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