Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta 2013It’s time to go back to Albuquerque. It’s time for Balloon Fiesta. I’ve probably been at home far too long, but it’s really comfortable there. However, Albuquerque calls me. I need to get away for a while. The question that’s perplexing me is how I get there. I’d really like to catch a ride with someone. Yes, the local CS group in ABQ is holding a couch crash, but they aren’t doing a lot of promotion for rides. Yes, there’s craigslist and there may be a possibility there. But, I may simply have to drive. Do I want to? Sure, that would be okay. But, I’d be coming back to OKC with my friend John on the 9th of October. We’ll be riding in his car as we’ll be taking a canoe to OKC from ABQ. We’re also heading up to northeastern Oklahoma to see some friends from our high school days. I could drive my car to ABQ. It gets great gas mileage. On my last Road Trip, which was two months and 5,256 miles, I got an average of 35.12 MPG. But if I drive to ABQ I’ll have to go back to get my car. I told John I’d help him drive back to OKC. Will I get a ride to ABQ? I’m still looking.

Europe Spring 2014

MedMapDone. Finished. Yippeeee! This post was originally posted on Jan 9, 2014.
I’m thinking I need a vacation. That’s probably because I don’t have a lot going on in my life. I’d really rather be working on a job somewhere, but since no one seems interested in hiring me, I figured I’d book a trip for the spring. The reservation is made and the status went from “Hold” to “On Request” to “Ticketed” when I paid for it so I’m assuming I’ll get to go. The dates are April 9th – July 8th. I fly into Barcelona and back from Bucharest. Now I just have to figure out what to do for 90 days.

I’m thinking: Barcelona, Tangier, Fez, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Gibraltar, Ronda, MalagaCosta del Sol, Cuenca, Carthage (Tunis), Ibiza, Andorra, Palma de MallorcaCagliari, Sardinia, Bonifacio, Corsica, Bastia, Malta, Sicliy, PalermoCannes, Nice, Monaco, Bucharest, Transylvania, Odessa, Chisinau, and/or Kiev.

Now, I just wish my wife would go. But when I told her that she was going to have to learn to say “western style toilet” in Arabic and Russian if she wanted to go she said “I don’t think so!”

Brasov Romania Apartments For Sale

Brasov Romaina Apartments For SaleI saw this sign while I was wandering around Brasov. It was for apartments for sale in the city. It was for a new development. These would have been brand new, under construction, or planned. The prices are in euros. The dollar equivalents were $70.000 and $100,000 for a two bedroom or a three bedroom apartment somewhere in Brasov. What else Continue reading

Brasov Romania Old Town Dining

Brasov Romania Old Town DiningWhat you see here is a section of sidewalk dining in Brasov, Romania. What you can’t see is just how much sidewalk dining there is in the city. There’s a lot. A whole lot. Personally I like sidewalk dining. I just don’t do it in Europe. The reason why is that I don’t really care for tobacco smoke with my meals or liquid refreshments and there’s no way Continue reading

Communist Era Apartments Bucharest Romania

Communist Era Apartments Bucharest RomaniaYou see these everywhere in Eastern Europe. The communists were really into building blocks and blocks and blocks of apartments where all the apartments were identical. Personally, I don’t see a problem with it. It only makes sense to me. That type of sentiment is why I will never get elected to public office. I’m much too practical. This Continue reading

McToasty Chisanau Moldova

McToasty Chisanau MoldovaIt’s what I had for breakfast on my first morning in Chisanau. I really would have preferred a Sausage McGriddle, Egg McMuffin, or a Breakfast Burrito. But, they weren’t on the menu. The McToasty was and it was combined with a coffee in a combo special that made the McToasty almost free. I saw a lot of places on my trip to Europe that had toast on Continue reading

Beer House Chisanau Moldova

Beer House ChisanauThis is one of the bars in Chisanau. It’s listed by Lonely planet as a good place to drink. When I looked at Lonely Planet’s advise on what to do in Chisanau in two days, they said to go out at night and drink a lot. They said that Chisanau’s party atmosphere is rated really, really good. Maybe I should have spent more time in the bars in Continue reading

Shawarma as Big as My Head

Shawarma as Big as My HeadI like street food. I call street food any food you can buy from the street or sidewalk and you don’t have to go inside a building. I guess that qualifies as street feed. No, this does not mean sidewalk cafes where you could go inside a building. For me street food has to be bought at a place where there there isn’t a high probability of finding a nice Continue reading

Booted in Romania

Booted in RomaniaIt seems that it works the same way in Romania as it does in the states. At least I’m assuming that it does. I would guess that you get enough tickets and you get booted when you don’t pay them. It was a nice car in a nice neighborhood in Sinaia. The house behind it would have been a really nice house in virtually any city in the world. Did the car belong to this house? I had no idea. I just know this wasn’t the only car in the neighborhood with a boot on it. I’m not sure which is more sad, giving the boot or getting the boot. Maybe both. Double sadness.

Beer in Box Odessa Ukraine

Beer in Box Odessa UkraineMy friend Paul and I really liked the shawarmas at one the the restaurants close to the hostel. They were excellent and we split one every day I was in Odessa. Unfortunately, they didn’t sell beer. However, they had no problem with people bringing in beer from the store down the street. This is the cooler where Paul and I got out beer before we went to the shawarma place. Notice that there is a wide selection. Most of it was around a dollar but some of it got as high as two dollars for the good stuff in bigger containers. You could get a two liter jug for about $2.50 but that was a little more beer Continue reading