How We Traveled Back to USSR?
The third day of our Eastern European Road trip we planned to visit Transnistria. Never heard of it?! Most of the Europeans feel exactly the same about the separatist republic founded in the 1992 right after USSR collapsed.
Alex & Mitko purchased the tickets for the marshrutka that we hope to bring 3 of us seamlessly to Tiraspol, right in the heart of Transnistria. Woo...where still the communist evil rules...
First thing to do on arrival is to get local money...Now we are rich! Right after I (georgi) shot this picture a local old lady wanted to volunteer to redo the very same image and instead of shooting Alex to use her as a main object. Of course the transnistrians rubles should be replaced by very green american dollars. It comes without saying that she should keep them foreeeever!!!! Long story short...this day wasn't babushka's (old lady in russian) happiest day in life.
cold, windy, depression...behind us is the Tiraspol's main train stations....with NO trains, NO wagons, NO electricity wires. Hey hey....we always look at the bright side of the things...Look the train stations is freshly painted. That is something....
Tiraspol's Architecture Week has been open with the main theme "communism from the 70's and 80's today"...oh, wait....even now it looks totally the same...everywhere
Very strange, wherever we go during the Eastern European Road Trip we hit on that guy. We stop at a gas station in Romania, he is there. We take a walk in a wine yard somewhere in the country side before the Romanian - Moldavian border...again he is there. We go to a Milestii Mici winery near Chisinau....and what to see...We start to think he is following us.
Look, now he is pretending to be a ordinary soldier...but instantly we recognise him. The true transnistrian soldier have bottle of vodka in his pocket.
hard to see people on the streets
Total respect for the bratushki all around the city.
We have tried to make pictures of the newly built Lenin's statue in front of the national parliament. Just before we finished making fun of the pink marble a guy from the secret service appeared. We were kindly asked to delete those pics. Sorry guys, you should imagine the majestic 10m figure of Lenin looking towards the Street #25.
The national hero of Transnistria...
contrast: old vs. new
Here is a map of our journey around Eastern Europe
During the road trip around Eastern Europe we have decided to make a video...as a key message for the wedding of our beloved friends Sid & Sandy. Many people helped us for this movie.
Thank you guys! It was fun making it....
bye bye Transnistria, bye bye 1982...it's time to return to the future