Dramatic End to a Magical Busking Tour

After a wonderful final day of busking in Vama Veche, my car was broken into, and my little black bag was stolen! It contained my passport, driving license, credit cards and some money. We were scheduled to fly back the day after, so what to do!

First, let’s take a step back to my last day of busking. Here is a video report by my¬†Romanian photographer friend Pk Liviu, and it gives a wonderful insight into my final day of busking in Romania.

Vama, frate, Vama…

Posted by Pk Liviu on Friday, August 25, 2017


If you have been following my Facebook group Markus K Busking through Eastern Europe, you will know that I have been traveling through Europe with my 7 year old daughter and her au pair. It has been an absolutely amazing experience and I am really quite sad that it has now come to an end.

Back to the problem in hand…

The police were there in minutes, and they were extremely friendly and helpful. They checked for fingerprints and gave me a document to prove what had been stolen, to see if I could still make my flight the next day. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a temporary passport in time, so the end result was that my daughter Salome left for Spain with her au pair Cristina. I just want to show you a little video Cristina sent me from the plane. It had been a few years since her last air traveled, and as you can see, it was quite an experience for her!

Salome enjoying her plane taking off last night! :-D

Posted by Markus Koehorst on Sunday, August 27, 2017


And another huge THANK YOU! to Cristina, who stepped up to the plate once again to save the day and get Salome safely back to her mum in Spain. You are an angel and I am extremely proud of how you managed to cope with all the challenges we were faced on our tour!


Here I am in my airbnb room, in busy Bucharest. I have applied for a temporary passport, also asking whether they might be able to do a full passport for me. Then I will see what my options are for getting back to Spain, or for continued travel. I will most likely do some busking later, to keep my cashflow healthy and my spirits up.

My windowless Punto with the fingerprint detection dust still on the sill

Oh, and please don’t write Romania off just because of what happened! People have been incredibly generous, especially when we needed help after my passport was stolen. I could write another post about the family who all came out into the street to help us look for accommodation that night. One of them actually drove ahead of us for 10 minutes to get us to a local hotel. He then left his telephone number and told me to call him any time if I needed any more help!

I have become very fond of Romania, and I definitely want to spend more time here. I just didn’t expect it to be so soon!

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