How to spend new year’s
There is always a pressure how to end one year and start another one. New year’s eve’s parties were more celebrated in the communist times since Christmas as a religious party was not encouraged.
This year I made it. The train is going from Bucharest to Chisinau and then Kiev. A detail I missed is nobody cared about my new year since their new year would be starting in 13 days now according to their religious calendar. Music started only the next morning.
In the train is warm from the fireplace that heat the compartments, each car has its own fireplace that need to be filled with coal and the fire to be maintained by the second officer of the wagon. Each wagon has one chief in command, the ticket controller, and another keeper of the wagon responsible with maintaining the fire, and various. There are 18 wagons multiply by two, adding two= 38 people in the train. "Sometimes ago the trains were full of travellers there were parties in the restaurant wagon". Everybody is complaining about the state of the railway and the corruption in their country. By the windows similar winter scenery runs continuously. Just fields and forests with some snow…
So what’s next I would ask: the midnight symphony made by the steel wheels on the metal of the railway, amplified by the dumb hole, and the open window. Metallic décor, the noise, the smell and a moment to remember. Champagne, wood fire, some rail sound, a desirable company and another new year.
Technical stuff :
Bucharest to Chisinau by train : 14 hours, around 50 euro / person / 2 bed cabin
Chisinau to Kiev by train : 18 hours, around 60 euro / person / 4 bed cabin
Kiev to Bucharest by air : 2 hours, around 100 euro / person