Category: Eastern Europe

Slovakia

Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 days Distance: 380km It’s the third country today and I’m not really sure where I want to go. As part of my pre-trip planning I highlight interesting places, towns and cities on the map based on guide books and online sources. I have a few towns nearby that are marked

Poland

Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 hours Distance: 130km Finally back in the EU after a long wait at Polish customs. As with Bulgarian customs, they were thoroughly checking the contents of every bag in every car. Whenever a car reaches the front of the queue, the occupants have to empty the contents of the car

Ukraine

Date: September 2019 Duration: 6 days Distance: 940km Leaving Pridnestrovia and crossing the river into Ukraine, I am soon onto a dead-straight road to Оде́са (Odeca). This whole region is flat and geologically very stable, hence the straight roads everywhere. The only thing that isn’t flat is the road surface, which is deeply rutted by

Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

Date: September 2019Duration: 2 daysDistance: 50km Wedged between Moldova and Ukraine, only 30km wide in places, and recognised by no other country in the World, is the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Приднестровская Молдавская Республика) also known as Transnistria. Internationally the area is considered part of Moldova, however on the ground it is a de facto country.

Moldova

Date: September 2019Duration: 5 hoursDistance: 230km Leaving Galați after very little sleep as a result of a wedding on the Danube, I head for the EU exit for the second time on this trip. The border with Moldova is just a few kilometres away along the river, on the other side of an old industrial

Romania

Date: August 2019Duration: 1 dayDistance: 250km Despite both Bulgaria and Romania being EU members, neither are part of Schengen, so consequently there are border controls. Fortunately these formalities do not take long and my Bulgarian Lev is soon exchanged for Romanian Leu. My journey through Romania is rather rushed. I would have preferred to take

Bulgaria

Date: August 2019Duration: 2 daysDistance: 293km After passing (and mostly jumping) through the long queue for Bulgarian Customs, I quickly change all my Turkish Lira for Bulgarian Lev, adding in a few Euro for good measure. Petrol is replenished and I head straight for the Black Sea coast along a heavily pot-holed forest road. I