Thursday, October 27, 2005

Off to Bistrita

A few days after Betsy (Bootsenescu) arrived we embarked on our first reconnaissance trip to the countryside. Amynescu wanted to go to Bistrita to see the children she had met 3 years ago while working with her friend Kim's nonprofit organization C.O.P.I.I. (Child Outreach Partnership Initiative, International).

The only way to get to Bistrita is via a night train that leaves Bucuresti at 9:00 pm and arrives in Bistrita at 5:30 am.
We figured that couchette tickets would be the most comfortable way to go, but after a hellish ride in an overheated compartment, we concluded that it would've been better to ride on top of the train, like some people do in India (Betsy has some good stories about her "upper class" rides in the Indian sub-continent). Needless to say, we arrived in Bistrita exhausted and ready to... sleep.


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