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.
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.
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