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Bucharest, Romania

Paris of the East, well it has an Arc De Triomf. It's getting cleaner, but the taxi drivers still want to rip you off. Stupid! because the foreigners leave.

The dogs bark incessently.

Travel by train and relax. An overnight sleeper is cheaper than staying at an hotel. The roads are a white knuckle ride, more exciting than the big dipper at Blackpool.

Essentail Romanian Noroc

Sofia, Bulgaria

A warm and loving city, although the polution makes it difficult to see the mountains. Gateway to Bulgaria, land of the roses.

Travel by train and relax, because the roads are getting better.

Essential Bulgarian: Gulama Rakia, molia

There are fewer stray dogs in Soifia

Tirana, Albania

Powercuts and potholes. Don't travel outside the cities at night, and walk down the middle of the lighted street, if there is one.

If you have lots of money stay at the Rogner or the International, but the rest of us stay at the other hotels for US$30 a night.

The dogs are too weak to bark.

Train travel is different. The carriages are older than those in Northern Ireland! On the roads, a fast journey averages 40 kph in most of Albania, but watch out for the new roads - not all the bridges have been built!

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Budapest, Hungary

The roads are good and the people friendly. Lots to do and see, but stay away during the F1 race weekend, unless you love racing.

Very few stray dogs, but lots of chinese restaurants.

Trains are fast, reliable and inexpensive, so book early.

Sri Lanka

The roads are congested and full of traffic with no passing spaces. A good average is 40 kph, but the first 25 km takes an hour. The people are very polite and hospitable. The temperature is constant - on a hot day it is 85 ?F and on a cool day it is 75 ?F but generally it varies between 80 ?F and 82 ?F. The sun rises about 6.15 a.m. ? 10 minutes and sets about 6.17 p.m. ? 10 minutes for most of the year, but watch out for the rain.

The dogs are well behaved and hardly ever bark.

Trains are interesting. There are reputed to be 400 unions involved in running the rail network so things get complicated and trains often run late, but the company is cheerful and entertaining on some of the longer journeys and then there is the scenery

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