There's also a delicious irony in the fact that after all that planning, saving and struggling to get away the best thing you can do when you arrive is get lost. This is what management gurus would say is "counter-intuitive" (i.e. it doesn't make sense) and I'd like to explain.
I was just getting into journalism as the countries of Central Europe started to throw off the Soviet yoke, but I knew little about Romania and had hated it when I visited in 1986. I had just got my foot in the door at Scotland on Sunday, an Edinburgh-based Sunday paper, and I was asked to cover the Romanian revolution, propelling me from the obscure foreign news section to the front page.
Immigrants from Eastern Europe contributed £5 billion to the UK economy over an 11-year period, according to new research
Poverty and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the revelation that the young girl begging for change pictured
70 years ago, on 25 October 1944, the Romanian Army liberated the town of Carei in North-West of the country. It was the complete liberation of North-West Transylvania from foreign ruling and administration, following the outrageous Vienna Diktat in 1940 arbitrated by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.
As fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues with Russia backing the pro-Russian rebels, implications for Ukraine's Western neighbours are increasingly apparent.
British newspapers demonised Romanians as "gypsies, tramps and thieves" but insulted Bulgarians far less in the year preceeding
The number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants to the UK has increased by 13,000 since labour restrictions were lifted in
Sir John Major has praised the "very Conservative instinct" of immigrants come to Britain to "better themselves and their
Peering deep down into the less ideological depths of your nakedly self-interested soul to ask: what would it genuinely take to vote Ukip? In my case, what might have made me rail against allowing any old Romanian or Bulgarian to pitch up and work here? What could have tipped my pencil to the Ukip box?