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as their facebook seems to contain a lot of posts about people sticking their head up their own/someone else's arse whilst on acid
was it as insane as it looks?
Was travelling east from Romania thru Moldova and on to Ukraine a few years back when the diplomatic row between The UK and Ukraine flared up and the visa requirements changed forcing me to canel the Ukranian leg of the trip. As such, decided to get some old style soviet experience in Transnistria instead.
The hotel I was staying in in Kishishev sorted me out with a Russian speaking guide who drove us to the border and got us across thru some liberal dishing out of cash. Once in the country it is properly like stepping into a time machine; not only because nothing has changed since the wall came down but also because everything is old and f*cked. Moldova is a very poor country but Transnistria is visibly much much poorer. Anything that you can buy, which is not much, costs literally pennies. I was the only non-Transnistrian/Moldovan I saw all day.
Got my visa stamped at the police station as apparently this is a requirement for leaving the country but not something that is advertised in any way. On reaching the border back to Moldova I got pulled out of line by the guards who tried to shake me down for a whacking great bribe. They were very pissed off when they found out that I'd gone thru the visa formailities at the police station and couldn't get their regular cash, and were fairly threatening towards my guide.
Good experience, would recommend.
cheers for that :)
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