Sunday, 24 June 2012

Photo Special: Romanian Elections

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Yes, I know that I promised something different this week, but when downloading all my photos from the latest trip this week, it became clear that something had to be said about the Romanian elections that took place whilst I was there. There were posters everywhere and some of the politicians on show were… well… not quite like I’d have expected them to look. The question is, who would you vote for…?

Keep travelling,

Uncle Travelling Matt

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World politics summed up in one poster: The guy on the left, a bit slippery but not too bad. The guy on the right: evil.

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The Silly Hats Party promises to provide a rice bowl for every citizen of Romania to put on their heads.

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Not sure about the team as a whole although the Project manager and the Economist look worth voting for…

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…as I was saying.

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“So Mr. Nicholae, what do you intend to do if you win?”

“I intend to get my secretary and grab her just like…”

“I meant about the economy…”

“Dunno, haven’t thought that far ahead.”

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“The Bond Villains Party. Seriously, do you expect me to vote for you?!”

“No Mr. Pointon, we expect you to die!”

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No, just no.

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Aha, at last! The Skol Party! Skimpy nurses’ uniforms and free beer. My vote is cast!

What? That’s not an election poster?

Damn!

Oh dear, oh dear, what am I to do? I need someone who can get the job done, a man off the people, someone down-to-earth…

I need…

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Bloke from the Pub!

(And just in case you weren’t sure, he’s got his thumb up, proof if needed that USL is not Useless, it’s the right choice!)

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Travel Update VII - Bucharest, Romania (15th June, 2012)

Greetings!

My last update from this trip finds me in Bucharest, the capital of Romania and from where I am to fly home tomorrow. Since the last update from Iasi I've been travelling around in areas where the Internet is a bit thin on the ground. I've been hiking up to monasteries in the Carpathians, hanging out with a kid from an internet cafe in Suceava, riding steam trains in Maramures, talking to students about politics, drinking tuica with peasants and becoming friends with a forest ranger. All in all, an eventful few days which has taught me that whilst I still don't really know what the essence of Romania is, I do know that I like the place.

But like it or not, my time here is drawing to a close and there is only one thing left to do and that is visit the biggest monument to communist megalomania that there is, Ceacescu's House of the People.