Darius says “High!” from The Netherlands…

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I left Bruxelles last afternoon and it was supposed to be the easiest route so far, up to Utrecht, to my new hosts, Mihaela and Lucian. Passing through Antwerpen, it is a distance of less than 200 km from Belgium’s Capital to just south of Amsterdam.

My previous host, Diana, packed 2 bottles of beer along with the sandwiches, something that I advise all hosts to take example from, hehe.

I spent part of the Easter Sunday (in the Orthodox calendar) in the center of Bruxelles. Diana drove me around the European District and then we parted when I stopped in St. Katelijne Square, a known place where Romanians gather, especially on such important occasions such as this holiday.

The Romanian community there is a very colorful bunch, as they should be, I guess. I met all kinds of us. Most work either for the Commission and the Council or in constructions. I also met some that are in a similar situation with mine: no money, no food. They weren’t traveling though. They like it there. And I guess we all find ways.

For the most of the second part of the day I was in the square, where Romanians organized a small festival to celebrate Jesus and what-not. That’s where I met Anca, Iulia and Ionel. It was Ionel’s birthday and I guess I was invited, since I was there with nothing else to do. We ate Romanian mici, sarmale and grilled lamb and drank some white Transilvanian wine and Belgian beer. It was mixed. And free. For all people traveling around the world with no cash. Happy birthday, Ionel.

We listened to a Romanian taraf and then watched a Belgian folk dance group preform some of our traditional routines from Moldavia and Someş region.

It was already pretty late in the afternoon, almost past my 4 p.m. rule I never followed, when I started walking to the Antwerpen exit of Bruxelles. I caught a trolley ride on the way, and the mechanic drove me for free again. Note to visitors in Bruxelles: do not wait for 53rd bus in Bockstael station, next to Laeken and Kardinaal Plantsoen. It’s not coming. Ever. I wasted more than one hour there, until I finally decided to start walking again, but luckily I was back on schedule (I don’t know which schedule in particular) when I met Oana (from Romania) and her boyfriend Barry (from Dublin). They tried to drive me to the end of the city and failed miserably, because they couldn’t find a gas-station to drop me off at. So before we knew it, we were on the ring of Antwerpend. They left me there and headed back to Bruxelles. If I make it to the UK and Ireland, I’ll be visiting Barry in Dublin. So one more contact on the list. Other than that, up until now I got potential places in Milano, Vienna, Paris, I think somewhere in Germany and across the UK. And one back in Bruxelles, when I head south again.

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And my luck ran out after arriving in Antwerpen. I couldn’t get any rides from the highway and I was almost gonna take a break next to it (it was almost 20:00), when I had my very first encounter with the police. The nice officers kindly kicked me off the highway, threatening me with a 500 euro fine. They would’ve been in for a big surprise. Apparently some “law” says I can’t hitchhike on the highway.

A few hundred meters into Antwerpen and I already heard the popular tunes of Romanian manele. I walked into an Albanian bar where Romanians “took over”. This is where I met 3 guys that were obviously in constructions and obviously… from or from close-by my home town in Romania. Marius, Ferry and the third guy treated me with an orange juice and bought me a bottle of water for the road and I was off to the Central Station. My head started aching from the beers and the heat (surprisingly I had all good weather until late in the night in a mostly rainy country) so I decided to spent 16 euro, out of the 50 donated by Diana back in Bruxelles, on a train ticket some dozens of kilometers into Rotterdam and change to Utrecht to meet my hosts.

I figured I wouldn’t use money, however I was thinking of some ways to make some cash on the way and put them into the trip. These that I’ll try along the cities and donations I guess can be considered trip money, so it goes along with my plan. I wouldn’t use them except if I can’t get rides or it’s late in the night with nowhere to go.

I met Kamila (from Poland) and Koen (from The Netherlands) in the train station and I almost got my next free meal, but thankfully everything was closed, because people have been stuffing my face with food since I left (not that I encourage them to stop – I’ll take everything, thank you). I haven’t even got around the lunch package Diana prepared and one of the beers is resting in my new host’s fridge.

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Celebrating Orthodox Easter with the Romanian community in Bruxelles.


People have been sending me photos with their Eastern celebrations back in Romania. This is what I’ve been missing back home, however this is what was waiting for me in Utrecht.

This is from Adela, from my home town.

OualeAdelei

Don’t forget to visit this street, in Antwerpen, Belgium.

DrinkStreet

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And this would be a young Romanian’s blogger plea for my coming back; he is leading a campaign demanding my return.

VladudulCampanie

Not just yet, buddy-boy. Not just yet.

Today I’ll be visiting Utrecht. My hosts gave me a phone to track me for when they come back from work and I got all day to see the city. I’ll be going into my reserve money I still have to make a calculated investment into some good pot. It’s legal here, so I can flash it around as much as I like.

Oh. Smoking can kill you and marijuana is worse, ok, kids? And a note to future travelers: I’m pretty convinced by now that bad people don’t make bad faces at you. Most likely they make nice faces. So heads up.


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  1. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 15:46
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    mirmen zice ca:

    FIRST!!!1

  2. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 16:07
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    Olivia zice ca:

    you’re so gonna get but fucked there.

  3. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 16:08
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    Olivia zice ca:

    O_O ma scuzati tanti mirmen, nu am zis eu asa ceva.

  4. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 16:17
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    mirmen zice ca:

    @ olivia, nici un bai, primu’ comment l-a pus daci şi nu vrea sa-mi traducă fucked în context, că nu-mi dau seama daca-i un anume timp verbal, sau îi adverb sau adjectiv :P

  5. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 16:27
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    alex zice ca:

    Darius, sa nu uiti suvenirurile!..oricum nu duci lipsa de bani:)

  6. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 16:36
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Nici n-aş vre’ să rămân fără rezerve. :)

  7. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 17:08
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    matrakuka zice ca:

    careful with that pot , tolo’ :D

    in rest, vînt de la pupa sa ai!
    {ce fain sa citesti ca îs atîtia oamini de treaba prin lume! making nice faces, too!}

  8. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 17:26
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    keshishian zice ca:

    ideea nu e originala dar e haioasa. cred ca daca scriai blogul numai in romana era mai reusit. ca dovada si numarul scazut de comentarii – nu cred ca sunt asa multi necunoscatori de limba engleza ci nu prea se dau in vant dupa postarile astea englezite ale tale. si inca ceva: incearca sa filmezi si altceva decat pe tine in masini, pe autostrada, cu soferii etc. Adica pe tine in alte ipostaze mai putin plicticoase. In rest succes si drum bun! p.s stiu ca nu apreciezi criticile dar nu te putem lauda tot timpul…

  9. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 17:30
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    Tudor I. zice ca:

    1. Vezi că ai nişte greşeli de spelling.
    2. Pune poze mai multe.
    3. Continuă, totuşi, să scrii în engleză.
    4. Kamila’s cute! :D
    5. Good luck mate!

  10. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 17:38
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    gabi solomon zice ca:

    have fun with puff the magic dragon :D
    happy trails.

  11. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 18:46
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    Walter zice ca:

    paf paf pass ! :P

    good luck

  12. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 18:47
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    Walter zice ca:

    nice sarmale, i’m getting hungry

  13. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 19:22
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Keshishian – da’-n ultimul filmuleţ nici n-am apărut. :) Dar bine, bine. Voi pregăti şi pe gustul tău. Din nefericire, păstrăm engleza. Fiindcăci deoarişce tre’ să vadă şi străinii pe care-i cunosc în cale. Altfel cum să primesc de mâncare, dragă?

  14. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 21:15
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    Flaviu zice ca:

    are you goin international dude? :D I bet u’ve got global readers now.

  15. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 21:31
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    Robert zice ca:

    salut, mai uite si eu am vrut safac aceeasi chestie ce faci tu. vriam sa te intreb daca ma poti astepta in careva oras as veni si eu cu tine. vorbesc serios. dami un nr de tel sau ceva sa te sun.

  16. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 21:38
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    0040741028758

    Da’ e mai greu doi decât unu’. :) Eu o să mai fac zig-zag prin Europa, pân-o termin, să videm, poace ne intersectăm. Poţi scrie şi mail: darius[punct]groza[at]gmail[punct]com

  17. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 21:45
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    tu.miai.fost.draga zice ca:

    Eu,din Bruxelles,il am pe pruncul pisolcos!

  18. Aprilie 28, 2008 la 21:51
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Ce zisăşi?

  19. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 01:10
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    vacamov zice ca:

    Please, DO NOT forget to smoke yourself retarded.

  20. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 07:11
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    .marius zice ca:

    is foarte plictisit dimineata asta, drept urmare am cetit tot ce nu cetisem inainte, si m-am uitat la filmulete… Drept dovada, in ultimul filmulet apari in oglinda retrovizoare din tramvaiu/autobuzu ala (0:48 – 0:50)…

    Ti-am zis ca sunt plicitisit…

  21. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 09:18
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    esti bagabont international, ‘lreacu de jurnalist jevenil:))

  22. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 09:49
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    Mihai zice ca:

    Şi faci reclamă mascată la Atlasib în filmuleţ. Ar trebui să te plimbe gratis prin Europa.

  23. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 10:29
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    AŞA ESTE! (partea a doua, mă refer :) )

  24. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 11:05
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    monstru zice ca:

    De vrei să ajungi în Barcelona, dă un semn şi te pun în legătură cu o tipă faină, Geanina (http://geaninablog.blogspot.com/)

  25. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 11:07
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Stăi, că-ţi dau un mail, să ştie din timp, în caz că ajung, să stabilim un contact.

  26. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 11:09
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    marius zice ca:

    fusesi prin bruxelles si nu ma vizitasi?!! rusinica!!!!

  27. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 11:16
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Viu înapoi, când merg spre sud. Îţi dau un mail.

  28. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 12:09
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    adi zice ca:

    Just so you know, hitchiking on highways IS against the law in most european countries, including Romania. A little documentation before the trip wouldn’t hurt you :D

  29. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 14:57
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    I know it’s illegal. In most of ‘em tolerated, but illegal non the less. I was kidding when I said some “law”. :)

  30. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 15:08
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    keshishian zice ca:

    bine, daca asta-i plata pentru hamburger, fie, scrie in engleza. dar cred ca nu ar strica, cum am spus, niste filme si poze mai originale. dar daca zici ca asa vei face nu pot decat sa ma bucur. din toata calatoria asta ar trebui sa iti iasa cateva chestii inedite, caci altfel ar fi pacat de toata agitatia. so: “action”.

  31. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 15:09
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    Darius zice ca:

    Băi, nesimţitule! Nu ţi-este ruşine obrazului? Mă spetesc acilea, precum un părinte plecat în Spania, pentru voi, mă, copchii, iar tu numa’ pretenţii! :)

  32. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 18:02
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    dan zice ca:

    uite un alt tip care face inconjurul lumii: http://www.globaltimoto.com . Numai ca el n-a renuntat la motoreta lui :) .
    Il cheama Tim Hull si poti sa ii ceri niste sfaturi daca ai nevoie vreodata.

  33. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 18:25
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Bine, da’ are sponsori, drăguţul de el. :) Mie la el totuşi îmi place partea cu joacele. :D

  34. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 20:29
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    danny zice ca:

    you really make me laugh!! just take good care…..

  35. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 20:48
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    ionutu zice ca:

    @Darius Groza
    In continuare dragul nostru Forest Gump autentic, vreau sa zic sa mergi in continuare. Si daca e sa ajungi si pe la croaţi, ai ce vedea trust me. Te pot pune in legatura cu cumnata-mea (care-i soaţă în afara căsătoriei cu cetăţeanul croat care mi-e cel mai bun cumnat ever)..cu ei poţi vedea Zagreb-ul pe biţă(bicicleta ptr. keshishian), şi’s oameni de bun simţ că altfel nu ţi-i recomandam.
    Deci, nu ezita să mă cauţi de ajungi şi prin Croaţia, dă-mi doar un mail.
    P.S.: poţi intra şi cu buletinu’ pe pămînt croat, dar e de recomandat să ai şi-un paşaport la tine.

  36. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 21:02
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    Bibliotecaru zice ca:

    Trotineta tot nu apare. Sunt foarte dezamăgit. Deja vărs o lacrimă… baga trotineta ca de dau la Mondenii să râdă de tine că ai circulat fără plăcuţe de înmatriculare la vehicul cu tracţiune animalieră. Culmea este că am pus şi eu ceva pe blog despre sărbătoarea aceea câmpenească, şi nu am avut nici o ilustraţie foto-video-sonoră. :)
    Dacă dai prin Bruxelles, saluţi europarlamentarii PSD din partea mea?

  37. Aprilie 29, 2008 la 23:31
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    dan zice ca:

    sponsori pe care i-a gasit pe drum. Cei de la Triumph au inceput sa il sponsorizeze (doar cu piese de schimb ce-i drept) de abia cand a ajuns in Africa spre exemplu. Asa ca nu iti face probleme, daca faci ceva care sa conteze, or sa apara si sponsorii. So, gaseste-ti un scop :P Anyway, nu se grabeste. A plecat din 2003. Nu te grabi nici tu.

  38. Aprilie 30, 2008 la 00:07
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    Darius Groza zice ca:

    Bibliotecare… tu nu citeşti cu ochii ăia? Am lăsat trotineta la trecerea prin Cluj.

  39. Aprilie 30, 2008 la 12:21
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    Bibliotecaru zice ca:

    Eu credeam ca o figură de stil… păi ai părăsit mascota turneului?

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