After a fuming bus journey from Odessa in Ukraine, we’ve just arrived in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. We took extra care to avoid the territory of Transnistria, which covers most of the Ukrainian border. It seems to be locked in some sort of post-Soviet conflict with Moldova and we were advised not to receive any passport stamps there.

The cathedral in Chisinau, Moldova Good morning Chisinau.

Most people probably can’t place the capital Chisinau or even Moldova on a map, but people have been living in the region for a very long time and the territory has seen a fair share of invaders. After the ever-present Romans came the Byzantine empire, and later on the Russians arrived.

Our apartment in Chisinau, Moldova Our cozy apartment in Chisinau.

But Chisinau is an unexpected gem in the wilderness. Even though Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the capital has its fair share of impressive buildings and post-Soviet architecture. The soundtrack of the day is of course “Moldavia” by Front 242 as we set out to explore the city.


  • avatar
    04 Apr, 2013

    Hade någon frågat mig om Moldavien var på riktigt eller från ett Tintin-album så hade jag nog tvekat en liten stund. Men du lyckades förstås hitta dit :-)

  • avatar
    07 Apr, 2013

    Hehe, du tänker nog på Tintins fiktiva Syldavien, som lånat drag från Moldavien. :)

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