Sorry, friends from Transnistria, I never heard of Transnistria prior to this journey. For the uninformed, like me, Transnistria is a break-away republic from Moldova. It's a long skinny strip of land between Moldova and Ukraine. Transnistrians claim independence. Moldovans claim otherwise.

The flag is red with a green strip. But, in the top red section is the yellow hammer and sickle that symbolized Russia and communisim. Yes, stepping into Transnistria is a unique experience. But, very fortunately, my experience was surrounded by wonderful, friendly people.