Many people have told us that they would rather buy a secondhand bike from us than buy a new Romanian-made bike in another local shop.

We find many families with next to no education.

There are some decrepit old houses in Mărășești, with leaky roofs, tumbledown walls and broken windows.

On one trip, many years ago, we met a rather pompous government official who assured us that all the roads in Romania had tarmac.

One evening I looked at the Romanian news on the internet.