We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A fantasy trip, that is. NetJets to Vienna. Five days at the Hotel Sacher with opera tix etc. Then onward maybe to Bucharest and Budapest. And why not Trieste, then down to Venice? Or tack on five days of skiing at Innsbruck or Zermatt? Those nice NetJets pilots will be there whenever needed, and the copilot will load and unload your skis and luggage and mix your drinks for you, and a car and driver will be waiting for you on the tarmac.
If Budapest, then Szobor Park, where the Hungarians wisely put all that socialist art out in the suburbs in somebody's back yard rather than destroying it. A fine way of mocking its pretensions.
I'd like to help the Romanian tourist industry, but there's not much to see in Bucharest. Fly into Cluj instead.
Assistant Village Idiot
I took the train from Istanbul to Romania in 1994. The idea was to spend a couple days in Bucharest, then get out to Transylvania. I was in Bucharest for one hour -- literally -- and couldn't stand it. Worst place I've ever been, and I've been to a lot. Went to the train station, said get me on the next train to Sibiu. Spent the week in Sighisoara and had a magical time.