Mugged in Moldova – Balkans trip anecdotes and photos

This blog mainly concentrates on providing information that will help in living or travelling in Malaysia.  However, I do blog a little about trips abroad.  On my recent trip to the Balkans I’ll do a series of short blogs providing one anecdote per country, and then a few assorted photos of the country unrelated to the anecdote.

Moldova Buddy Bear

Moldova Buddy Bear

After Romania I caught the train to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova.  On the afternoon of my arrival, a sunny Saturday, I was walking down a footpath on the main road between the railway station and the centre of town.  Not many people were around, and the road was quite quiet.  I was perusing an interesting building when a teenage gang approached from the opposite direction and the gang leader, a teenage girl, hit me as they were passing.  I wasn’t hurt, just shocked, as it was so unexpected.  I shouted at them, and then they ran away – and at a safe distance did some sort of victory dance as you can see in this photo.  Apart from dishonest taxi drivers – who didn’t succeed with me –  that was the only crime I experience on this trip.

 

gang

gang

And Moldova just had their first presidential election by direct vote in 20 years, on Sunday.  Moldovans, angry about high-level corruption, were divided about whether to seek closer integration into Europe or rekindle ties with Moscow.  The pro-Russian candidate won a little over 48%, while the pro- EU candidate won a little over 38%.  Thus there will be a second round on November 13th.

SOME PHOTOS OF CHISINAU AND MOLDOVA

the countryside in Moldova

the countryside in Moldova

 

arriving in Chisinau by train

arriving in Chisinau by train

 

Chisinau station

Chisinau station

 

Chisinau station

Chisinau station

 

market outside the station

market outside the station

 

Beer Corner is the only place to eat near the station until late morning

Beer Corner is the only place to eat near the station until late morning

 

there are many statues around the city

there are many statues around the city

 

Moldovan Lei

Moldovan Lei

 

there are many statues around the city

there are many statues around the city

 

I was looking at this building when I was mugged

I was looking at this building when I was mugged

 

some of the choice of beer in the supermarket

some of the choice of beer in the supermarket

 

there are many statues around the city

there are many statues around the city

 

an arch in central Chisinau - many cities have these

an arch in central Chisinau – many cities have these

 

there are many statues around the city

there are many statues around the city

 

autumn colours

autumn colours

 

in the park in central Chisinau

in the park in central Chisinau

 

in the park in central Chisinau

in the park in central Chisinau

 

park in central Chisinau

park in central Chisinau

 

a synagogue

a synagogue

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