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From Spain to France… I did little visiting of Madrid (which I had previously seen last year, in an organized trip not much like my own) and rather had a nice 12 hour sleep instead. The next day I decided to take a train to Paris, since I was up to 100 EURO from my colorful anonymous donor.

I left in a rush, while checking for the 19:00 train, which was impossible to board, as it was completely booked. I picked the 16:10 instead, to Hendaye (right on the Spanish-French border). This is where the shit started hitting every possible fan. I could say I saw UK, went to sleep in Spain and woke up up in France, as a description of the last 2 days, which is kind of a big achievement, considering they line-cross the whole Western European coast and not in the order I mentioned them.

I had a 30 EURO pitch from the guys in Madrid, to my 20 cash I still had from London, so I only bought a ticket to the border, French side, all decided in a few dozens of minutes prior to the dead-line, with no Western Union in sight and imagining I’ll find one of their offices half way to Paris. People have told me before I have a big imagination.

I arrived in Hendaye, France, at 22:00, just to discover they are no friends with W.U. and also that all trains until close to the noon are fully booked. So this brought me the second night outside since I left, with severe flash-backs from Bulgaria.

Tesse and Sandrine (who both had booked tickets) offered to donate their left 11 EUROS, to keep me company in the night, since it was the first time that I had only 60 cents in coins and no chance to any close money source (although I had it in theory).

And here’s where I had the smart idea to try hitchhiking across France. At night time. I’m sure you’re beginning to guess how well that went.

I was driven 15 km away from the high-way, out of food, 1 in the morning when I caught a ride aaall the way outside the city I was in. Almost enough to get me to the highway, but perfectly set in the middle of nowhere. So that was a good waste of two hours.

Luckily, I got a ride back into town soon, so you can learn now that mostly everyone stops to pick you up in France, as long as it’s early morning and you look really creepy. The downside to all of this is that everybody drives a maximum route of 10 km in a row. So with cars every hour, I would’ve been able to reach the French Capital step by step until first snow.

That little trip in and out costed me my map, which I lost somewhere on the way. And I was back at the train station, just in time for it’s closing up to 5 in the morning.

So I thought there’s no better time for a nice little walk back to Spain, across the border and into the first city, Irun, to locate a W.U. office.

10 km of-lost-walking-in-the-city-later I found the office, obviously locked and sealed. There was the chance that someone could book a train from Paris in the morning, so I chose to practice my worse case scenario march, in case that doesn’t work, by walking back to the train station in time for it to open and get my info, so that most likely I’m able to jogg my way back and forth between now my only two points of reference in the whole continent, the Western Union office for the cash (yes, second time), and the station for the ticket (yes, 3rd time). A cute total of 50 km nocturnal hungry-tired race, all together.

In the morning, after a freezing nap, I barely managed to pull out the 100 EURO, as my donor didn’t know his own name when he sent it. I got back to the station just in time to miss the by-that-time-all-booked 10:26 train, but dead on to catch the polite French welcome, in the form of a fun raid organized by the nice undercover officers of Police Nationale Francais (yes, P.A.F.!). Although the dozen assault officers in the van were kinda blowing their cover all the way from Spain. Naturally, I wasn’t allowed to film or take photos as we all got ID-ed. I don’t know who they were looking for, but it must’ve been important, ’cause it got our train detailed to about half an hour. All I know they didn’t personally ask me about Senor Brit…

Got safely to Paris to meet my hosts, Vicenţiu and his girlfriend Ioana.

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People back home have been so far teasing me with “So can you stand your own stink?” or “Do you get to find enough time for showering during your trip?” type of questions. Which I have so far pretty much been ignoring, since I’m proud to say I’ve been managing admirably.

Until now. It has become clear that I now smell more that any person I have ever had the chance to smell before in my life (including the bum next to my work place – oh, yeah, some of you guys know what I’m talking about). If I die along the way, it’s most likely gonna be because of this, so either a natural hygiene death, voluntary suicide or murder by someone that can’t get far enough. Because even if I start decomposing, I’m gonna start smelling better than now. Actually, if people decide to have an honor march for me, after I’m gone, trying to take my exact trail, there’s gonna be a very clear invisible but quite odorous map “drawn” behind me for them.

And since we’re talking about me dying…

There’s this national TV station in Romania, for those of you that don’t know, it’s called ProTV. And their news is very tabloid-ish and mostly horrific in that way. They invented this sort of bulletin format, we call it 5 o’clock news. It’s pretty popular amongst morons of all nations, since it was imported to other countries as well, as a model. It basically consists in airing the most disgusting, undignified, not at all informative just plain shitty stories about people in villages cutting each other’s faces off with axes, celebrities macabre car accidents and so on, all prepared in advance and each with it’s own special news-commercial that is aired all day before 5 o’clock, announcing the utter stupidity to come.

So I figured my story would only make a perfect case and also get into mainstream media with the help of 5 o’clock news… if I died. Otherwise, they’d probably not mind it, but if I’m very lucky and get run over either by 5 to 10 trucks or boiled and if possible eaten by a family of gay priests… this whole thing would surely get some ProTV attention that I so much lack and want. Not.

In this perspective, I decided to try and make my own generic for my death. I give them full disclosure and exclusivity, and they can build the actual story how they want after I’m gone. But if something may happen to me, please note it’s a dying man’s wish to put MY generic for it in the day preceding it. So here it is, in the first part of my 12th video-log episode (plus footage of the road to, in and from Madrid).

Notes: If you ever get stuck with no shelter or possibilities for one (provided it’s not freezing outside), it’s safer to get stuck outside a city, rather then inside one.

Within a city there’s gonna be no one to accept you, especially if it’s late, but plenty expecting a chance to mug somebody. Whereas on the highway or fields, there’s just no one. Usually criminals don’t wait in the middle of nowhere, hoping somebody with stroll along on foot. Also, Police can protect you better (in my opinion), since there’s a more strict check and patrol of big traffic lanes (plus emergency calls) and in cities where vigilance is lower, as it’s a lot of busy and diverse ground to cover for an officer.

Spanish people do not speak English. Not one of them. Very few speak something not quite Spanish and sort of resembling English.

Missed thing of the day: Walking around somewhere without everything I own packed on my back.

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[later edit]

Since today is Romanian media’s darling Ciutacu’s birthday and my phone bill will get me murdered upon arriving home..

LaMultiAniBaCiutace


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  1. Mai 13, 2008 la 21:51
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    toader zice ca:

    ti-am trimis un mail la contact.

  2. Mai 13, 2008 la 22:02
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    UnCopilutz zice ca:

    Ca sa imi doneze lumea bani tre’ musai sa ma iau de nebun prin lume?!

  3. Mai 13, 2008 la 22:22
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    toader zice ca:

    nu neaparat. si nu doneaza ci ii da individului ca sa nu il aiba pe constiinta. are noroc.

    in alta ordine de idei slava domnului ca s-a barbierit. altfel paf il lua de minoritar. asta in varianta optimista.

  4. Mai 13, 2008 la 22:36
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    fcb zice ca:

    ma… sper ca esti mai bine. oricum ar fi sa te faci bine! arati mai bine in orice caz. :D

  5. Mai 14, 2008 la 07:10
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    felicitari pentru blog si pentru calatorii!
    spor ;) !

  6. Mai 14, 2008 la 09:50
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Mulţam. :)

    Matracucă: Pentru ieri – făceau ceva prezentare/recrutare.

  7. Mai 14, 2008 la 11:25
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    haha , te-ai barbierit :)

  8. Mai 14, 2008 la 12:27
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    gabi solomon zice ca:

    looking all fresh now.
    Dont fall in love next to the eiffel tower and froget all about your trip :) )

  9. Mai 14, 2008 la 15:02
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    toader zice ca:

    @mirmen&dacian : nu pare sa fi suferit traume fizice pana acum.

  10. Mai 14, 2008 la 16:38
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    super tare!esti un greuceanu!cand ma fac mare vreau sa fiu ca tine….da care-i shmenuu cu ultimul clip?genial pe de o parte da am simtit o unda de depresie….?cheer up mate si best of luck,cum zice inglezu!!!

  11. Mai 14, 2008 la 16:43
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    virgula zice ca:

    Go(o)d video :D

  12. Mai 14, 2008 la 16:59
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    N-ai simţit nimică, da? Nici o depresie. :D Sunt bine. Acuma m-am coborât din Tur Efăl.

  13. Mai 14, 2008 la 19:04
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    mimisor zice ca:

    Ok…englishman! Scrie frate si pe romaneste,ca nu tot romanul a invatat english la scoala primara,gimnaziala,comunala,orasenesca…etc. Dar romaneste,tot mai stiu…si pot citii sa se cultiveze!!!! Hai pa!

  14. Mai 14, 2008 la 19:10
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Regrete amarnice.

  15. Mai 14, 2008 la 19:36
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    matrakuka zice ca:

    (te-am iertat, tolomacule)

    fulminant clipul!
    nu ti-i frica ca-ti fura cineva camera când o plasezi asa de departe?

  16. Mai 14, 2008 la 19:42
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Dacă-i noapcea la 3, nu în mod special.

  17. Mai 14, 2008 la 21:40
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    toader zice ca:

    hai ma, da drumu’ la articol nou sa vad si eu ce ai bantuit in paris. la simtu-ti recunoscut de orientare chiar ma intreb daca ai urcat pe turu efel.

  18. Mai 14, 2008 la 22:58
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    Bibliotecaru zice ca:

    Nu am înţeles cine cânta la solz pe fundalul sonor (nu prea mai semăna cu versiunea din 1986 şi dispăruse tot accentul suedez) şi către ce era numărătoarea inversă. În schimb am fost foarte tulburat de Smartul acela cu floricele. Mă aşteptam să te văd cântând la mandolina-ceteră. Şi am mai observat că prin sălile de aşteptare, fluxul trece şi călătorii rămân.

  19. Mai 15, 2008 la 00:32
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    Heidadi zice ca:

    mi dor de tine :(

  20. Mai 15, 2008 la 11:51
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    ralu zice ca:

    analizand situatiunea in care te afli am ramas cu o nelamurire:se mai intampla sa mai faci tu dus(dush) din cand in cand, dar… cand acest lucru nu se intampla cateva zile la randul, ce “te faci cu gojonelele”? :(

  21. Mai 15, 2008 la 12:09
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Am făcut bine duş până acuma. Mai puţin când n-am prins trenu’ de la graniţă, da’ am făcut a doua zi, n-am apucat să cultiv cojonele măreţe.

    Hedădi: Aşijderea.

    Toadere: Lasă-mă să mă zgâiesc! M-am urcat şi pe turnu’ ăla, Apfel. Nu e înclinat, minţeau, am dat banii degeaba.

  22. Mai 15, 2008 la 14:06
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    mirmen zice ca:

    dari, să nu rămîn cu o nelămurire, ralu îi una din asistentele de la dr. luncan :P
    so treci acas’

  23. Mai 15, 2008 la 15:26
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Cine-i dr. Luncan, mă rog?

  24. Mai 15, 2008 la 15:30
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    mirmen zice ca:

    doftoru’ de-i scria boss pe tricou’ de selecţioner la spitalu’ de cojonele, mă copile :) )
    so treci acas’

  25. Mai 15, 2008 la 16:03
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Carmen, maică, nu ştii tu ce-s gojonelele şi nici nu vrei să-ţi explic.

    Dar mai concret, când o persoană merge ca să facă caca şi reuşeşte, acele mici reziduri fecale rămase pe părul din jurul orificiului anal sunt motroşite de către fese, în timp ce posesorul încearcă să facă autostopul. 24 de ore mai târziu, fără izbândă, subiectul adoarme, iar produsul finit format la el în cur, când se uscă transpiraţia, se numeşte gojonea. Fiecare bobiţă. Plural – gojonele.

  26. Mai 15, 2008 la 16:24
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    Foarte concreta si exacta explicatie!Un sinonim pt gojonele ar fi miortzei…Ca sa stie lumea daca au lapsus vreodata in vreo conversatie elevata in care s-ar putea angaja(situatie care i-ar pune in impas)…Tin sa precizez ca termenul in cauza nu l-am luat din vreun tratat anume(ca nu sunt pe tema asta),e cules din popor…

    Pacat ca n-am stiut mai repede ca ai fost in Apfel ala…Fa si tuh cu mana sa te vedem pe google earth…

  27. Mai 15, 2008 la 17:47
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    UnCopilutz zice ca:

    Faina poza cu turnul din Tisa :)

  28. Mai 15, 2008 la 20:13
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    meme zice ca:

    chutache, fuck you very much!

  29. Mai 16, 2008 la 00:26
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    Bibliotecaru zice ca:

    Profesor trebuia să te faci… pai cum explici tu cu cojonele…direct în Academie te introduceau ăştia cu sau fără cojonele la purtător. CUM?!?! e gojonele… păi nu înţeleg e cu g sau cu c. “O gojoană ar costa cam un milion de catralioane de lire sterline.”, deci aşa te finanţezi pentru bilete la înclinat?
    Cum e şi poezia lui Atchou?
    “Somnoroase gojonele, la mormantul lui s`aduna…
    Dar sunt voinic si-s in putere
    Adu`mi si mie-o…..
    Fata Buna !”
    (poezia asta am studiat-o în şcoala elementară; logic, fiind elementară)

  30. Mai 16, 2008 la 00:30
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    Mai ai mult cu engleza asta? Imi place foarte mult limba engleza dar cand ai de gand sa scrii in limba romana la care chiar te pricepi? Da-o naibii de treaba ! Mi-e dor de un post de ala marca jeg scris cum trebuie in romaneste. Cititorii tai stapanii tai…asa ca treci mai repede si scrie in imba care trebuie . What the fuck dude. Stop this nonsense.

  31. Mai 16, 2008 la 08:26
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    sebio zice ca:

    Unde gasesti, frate atatea cartoane? Have u broken into some house of a homeless? :P

  32. Mai 16, 2008 la 09:15
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    toader zice ca:

    e cald si multi abandoneaza cartoanele. dorm direct pe piatra racoroasa.

  33. Mai 16, 2008 la 09:40
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    Darius zice ca:

    Deci, care este, efectiv, Catalin: Da. Cand viu acas’, reluam.

    Sebio: E acelasi, da’ tot belesc un strat de pe el.

    Toader: Toaaader.

  34. Mai 16, 2008 la 10:24
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    andreea zice ca:

    uf… tocmai cand ma indrept si eu spre spania, ai plecat. well.. if u come back.. o sa fiu acolo 2 saptamani, de joia viitoare incepand. peste tot

  35. Mai 16, 2008 la 13:30
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    toader zice ca:

    cum si-a facut darius calatoria :

    Jeg jerpelit, facea autostopu’. Vine o supermasina, opreste si-l intreaba:
    - Unde mergi ?
    - La Madrid, raspunde badea.
    - Si crezi ca te ia cineva imbracat asa jerpelit?
    - Ma gandeam ca pentru 200 de dolari, m-o lua si pe mine cineva…
    - Doua sute de dolari (isi spuse ala in gand)? Suie!
    Urca Darius in masina, la un moment dat soferul isi aprinde un trabuc.
    Darius care statea ca bosu in spate zice:
    - Nu te supara, daca-ti dau 500 de dolari imi dai si mie un trabuc?
    Soferul fericit, ii intinde un trabuc.
    Darius relaxat, dupa o jumatate de ora zice…
    - Baiete, nu stiu ce-o sa ma fac, ca neam de neamu meu n-a avut atatea datorii cate am eu la tine!

  36. Mai 16, 2008 la 13:47
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    radu zice ca:

    Esti prin Germania ?! Te intorci acasa ?! Sau…?!

  37. Mai 16, 2008 la 13:51
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Mă-ntăln’ cu un tirist ce mere-ncolea. Tăcere, să poci pune Jegu’, că una-două-n zice să că ies la autostradă. Acuma-s la Munchen.

  38. Mai 16, 2008 la 14:13
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    ralu zice ca:

    cand , la cat si unde sosesti…sa-ti pregatim o primire …”ACASAAAAA” :)

  39. Mai 16, 2008 la 14:40
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Oi da un sms. :)

  40. Iunie 22, 2008 la 17:25
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    anda zice ca:

    cartonu` probabil are pe partea cealalta ‘the end is near’

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