This wide-eyed Scotsman has my unqualified admiration. His descriptions meet me halfway to the page and he avoids the ‘me in front of the Taj Mahal’ traps of most travel blogs. He travels Eastern Europe as I would love to travel, had I youth and strength. Enjoy following his adventures!

The Travelling Tales of a Wide-Eyed Scotsman

Part 1. Leaving Bucharest, Mihail & The Romani People.

Excerpts from my journal, updated and rewritten for your reading pleasure.

Boyana (A small town on the periphery of Sofia, Bulgaria).

I left the hostel around midday and took a few buses to the outskirts of Bucharest. I feared finding a lift to take me further on my journey would prove unsuccessful but to my surprise I was picked up almost instantly by a young guy. Mihail was heading for a town not far from the Romanian/Bulgarian border and so very kindly offered to take me directly there. I couldn’t believe my luck. We got to talking about all things Romanian and about my presence in an impoverished area. How he felt compelled to pull over and help me as there were never many foreigners in this part of town.

He began to speak about the persistent stereotypes of Romanians around…

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