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Going Solo

Aren’t you afraid? I can’t count the number of times I was asked this during the six weeks I spent travelling by myself.

The first 45 days was with a small group of 7 travellers and a terrific young guide.

The 2nd part was my DIY 6 week trip around parts of the Balkans by train. I had a timetable, knowledge of the trains and hotel bookings. It was interesting, I felt safe, met lots of great people and it all went very well.

Going solo seems to create a lot of interest. One very interesting website is wanderinghart.net/travelling-solo

Wanderinghart, who is on an 8 month trip, raises many interesting points which resonated with me. This is certainly worth a read.

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Danube Delta

One of the 3 main arms of the Danube into the Black Sea.

One of the 3 main arms of the Danube into the Black Sea.

The mouth of the southernmost arm of the Danube.

Constanta, Romania

Constanta, Romania

Constanta is a city in Romania on the Black Sea coast. It is a large port and holiday destination.   It has a mosque, Orthodox Church, and some lovely buildings from the beginning of the 19th century which have now been returned by the state to their owners.
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Danube

The 3rd part of this trip was a cruise down the Danube from Vienna to the Black Sea. In 2012 I went on a cruise from Passau to Budapest, a very scenic part of the river so I wanted to go down the rest.

Parliament Budapest

Parliament Budapest

Hungarian Parliament Building.

The Danube is navigable for 2414 km. It goes through or is the border for 10 countries, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia and Ukraine. Of these it is the border between Bulgaria and Romania or flows through Romania for 1075 km and Moldavia for 800 metres where the river Prut enters the Danube.

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