Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria

That’s right… Sofia, Bulgaria! Why the heck would we go there? Why not? If you’ve been keeping track, you’d know that we’ve been working our way east and south on our quest to drive from Europe to Asia. Considering the ‘Zoundsmobile was back in Transylvania awaiting its second transmission rebuild on this continent, our plan was in severe danger. But we weren’t going to let anything stop our steady drive… err… crawl… to Constantinople, and Sofia stood in our way. Continue reading

Oradea

Oradea Train Station, Modern Train with Graffiti and old Steam Powered LocomotiveSo, what do two miscreants do when they have to leave their car in Budapest for yet another transmission rebuild? Why, they hop the (1980’s NYC-subway-style-graffitied, as opposed to 1880’s coal-driven-steam-powered) train to see Oradea, that’s what! Oradea? Is she hot? Well, it’s not a she… it’s a Romanian city minutes from the Hungarian border, and a fine place to spend a couple of relaxing days milling about a town of 200,000 souls. Find yourself a place to stay near (or in) Ferdinand Square, and contemplate where you’ll source an automatic transmission should everything go to pot (and it will, but you’ve already read that part of the adventure). Continue reading

Budapest

Budapest Ethnographic Museum, HungaryWell, Pest, really.  See, there’s Buda.  And then there’s Pest.  And we went to Pest.  What?  It’s like this: there are two sides of a river called the Danube.  You may have heard of it.  If not, read a book, slacker.  Buda is on the West bank of the river, and Pest is on the East (because Celts, Aquincum, Pannonia, Huns, Hungarian tribes, Mongols, Battle of Mohacs, Ottomans, Hapsburgs, 1848 Revolution, 1873 Unification).  Anyway, the history lesson is over… what’s the city like?  It’s wonderful!  And cheap!  Visit!  We did.  What’s your excuse?  Yeah… we thought so. Continue reading

Lille

Lille clocktower, as seen through narrow streets,
After our week in Brugesnyland, we were ready for something a little more real! The heir to the Goodrich tire company had told us that Lille was a gritty town, so off to France we went! Only an hour’s drive from our prior destination, the ‘Zoundsmobile made record time. 550 topless horsepower worth of red and silver blur roaring their way across the… wait… no… actually, the hobbled beast was still stuck on a boat, somewhere between Atlanta and Nova Scotia. But that mattered not, as we had the fortune to rent an absolutely KILLER Volkswagon with a whopping 1.2 liter engine. Take that, America! How ya gonna beat that? Huh? Huh?  Continue reading