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"God," I said. "And it's Tuesday."
Ski hire, as usual, took the best part of a day, what with all the form-filling. By the time I was fitted out, ski lessons were over. With resignation I recorded one more ski-less day in the diary.
My plane left Bucharest on Thursday. There was just one day left.
I had breakfast again with Olga. She was still exhausted from the previous day, when she had had to climb uphill for six hours to make one downward run. "There are five ski lifts in this resort," she muttered, "and not one of them is working."
"Are they all broken?" I asked.
"Oh, no," she said. "They are all in good condition. Very safe."
"Well, why aren't they working?"
"There was an accident on the lifts two years ago," she explained. "So now the government is so careful not to have another tragedy. That is why the lifts are seldom working; it is safer that way."
I was still considering this logic when we noticed a great commotion in the parking lot outside. Two huge chauffeur-driven Mercedes had driven up.
"A minister's cars," said Olga excitedly. "Ordinary Rumanians just walk; party members have cars; but ministers have Mercedes, two each. Oh, this is wonderful news. Doina and Ion will be delighted."