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Romania (formerly spelled Rumania or Roumania) is a country in southeastern Europe.
The name Romania comes from Rome or the Roman Empire and represents the country's origins.
Romania is bordered by Ukraine and Moldova in the northeast, Hungary and Serbia in the west and Bulgaria to the south.
Romania also has a small sea coast on the Black Sea.
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Sarolta, my daughter and I visited Romania in 1978.
Apart from the fact that we've visited a most of the countries in Europe during our trip and there was no reason why Romania should not be another one of them, I wanted to go to Romania specifically, because a large part of present day Romania was part of Hungary for over a thousand years.
Another reason was, that my father was born, in a small town that is now called Sannicolau Mare.
In hindsight I have to mention the fact that we we started our trip with my brother who lives in Hungary, with his wife and son was driving us around.
We had one big argument, about nothing particular as far as I can remember and Sarolta and I finished the seeing the rest of the places we planned to visit by travelling around by buses and trains.
In 2000 Hui Chin and I hired a car in Hungary and after spending about two months driving around in Hungary, we nipped over to Romania for a few days.
We had more trouble to get into Romania, than any other country.
The borderguard found trouble with anything, including our car's 'green-card', which was really hillarious, onsidering that our car was practically brand new, with only just over 2000 km. on the clock when we hired it.
After a long wait and a lot of arguing, he let us go.
The delay was due to my refusal to grease his hands, as I've seen many people to do before me.
After a few days driving around in Romania Hui Chin was glad to get back to Hungary.
During our trip around in Europe in 2005 we went to Romania again with a long list of places we wanted to see.
We nearly finished our itenerary when we arrived in Brasov.
Outside the Railway Station we got on a very crowded number 4 bus to go to our hotel.
A towrag thieve or thieves pinched two of my favourite cameras, vallet with money, licences and credit cards in it from my bag.
With the help of a very nice local lady's help we spent practically all day at the Police Station explaining our misfortune.
Most of the afternoon I was sitting on one of the officer's old fashioned timber chair with a cushion on it.
I mention this, because while I did not notice it during our 'session' in the 'cop shop', but I have sure noticed it later that the officer using that chair must have been incontinent. My button was wet and we could smell it too.
We did smell some urine smell walking in the room, but at the time that was the least of our worries.
Even now, while I'm writing this, I find it hard to believe that my cameras and vallet was taken without I noticing nothing, except a lot of pushing and shoving in the crowded bus, but that is quite usual on many European buses and trams, without some 'gutter tribe' taking advantage of it.
Regarding my remark at my 1978 trip recount, everytime I visited Romania I or we had some trouble and couldn't get out quick enough.
That reminds me that our first night in Romania, Hui Chin and I attempted to ask a couple of Police Officers for the nearest hotel to the station at Carei, they took the opportunity to grill us for nothing particular for at least an hour, when the younger one, found out that I was Hungarian born, told me in Hungarian, that they are 'just doing their work'. Didn't we hear that at Nüremberg?!?
I still don't know and can't understand the purpose of the questions etc.
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