On the flip side, the Romania that we saw is still very undeveloped and poor: many farmers still use horse and cart, unemployment would appear to be high (judging by the number of people just 'hanging around' during the daytime) and buildings were often in a very dilapidated state of repair. A few times children tried to grab something from the bike and I'm sure they were just being cheeky rather than anything more malicious, but I always felt a bit wary, especially in the larger towns. In the end, despite the friendliness and warmth of the majority (which itself became a bit overbearing towards the end of a tiring day...especially when you've said "Bunaziau" several hundred times and 'hi fived' a million kids!) we were, in many ways ready to leave.
So we have spent a thoroughly enjoyable four days in Bulgaria so far...two of which were spent cycling with two Austrians (Max and Heidi) who are spending three years cycling around the world! It was great to share a small part of our journey with them and, as we are following a similar route to South East Asia, hopefully our paths will cross many times more in the future!
Love and hugs. X