A new football season brings a new adventure for BBC Radio Manchester's Ian Cheeseman, who is following Manchester City on their European campaign, which started for them in Romania, but for Ian crossing the border from neighbouring Hungary.
As Ian put it, "Timisoara is in western Romania and direct flights don't go from Manchester, so the first stop was Budapest, and as I walked from the plane into the terminal it felt like the Eastern Bloc brought up to date; outwardly old, inwardly modern."
He'd had his first taste of the trip back in the UK, where he bumped into four young lads - Vasi, Man, Soit and Stal - from Arad, a city 30 miles from Timisoara, who had been for trials in the City Academy and were proudly wearing their tracksuits.
Once through the terminal, he "hurried to my hotel, set up my broadcasting equipment, and presented Blue Tuesday, the stationís on-air City fanzine."
He'd been ferried there by an old friend, Val, a Romanian City fan of 30 years standing, who had travelled west from the capital of Bucharest to drive Ian around while he was in the country.
At the hotel, he had to wait a little while at reception as he was held up by some familiar faces. Unbeknown to Ian, he'd booked into the same hotel as the City team, which meant he had to queue behind Carlos Tevez and Vincent Kompany, who were checking in
It did, however, give him time to grab a quick chat with City's new £24m signing, Mario Balotelli.
With the squad in town, Ian headed down to Timisoara's ground to catch them training.
He wasn't the only one making an early start at the stadium, as he bumped into some scarf sellers near the ground.
Inside the ground, the Manchester City players were having a training session, giving Cheesey some insights into how the team might line-up for the game.
With the football done with for the day, Ian headed out into Timisoara to discover more about the town - including the fact it was the first in Europe to have streets illuminated by electric light.
Of course, not everything in Romania's past has been so positive and Ian's visit to the Timisoara cathedral was a chance to learn more about the 1999 uprising against communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
The nearby Liberty Square has a memorial to those who lost their lives in the protests. Ian's European adventure continues...
Thursday morning brought a minor crisis, as red tape threatened to stop Radio Manchester's commentary, but City's CEO Garry Cook stepped in. As Ian puts it, "he battled to provide commentary to City fans - which was also streamed onto the City website."
Crisis averted, Cheesey went off in search of some lunch, which ended up being "a traditional Romanian meal of cabbage, bacon and polenta."
En route to the ground, Ian stopped for a look at something pretty special,"the biggest pint pot in the world - it's outside the brewery in Timisoara, but surely holds more than a pint!"
In his commentary position in Romania, "which nearly didn't happen", Ian settled down to watch the game and bring it back to the listeners in Manchester.
The game went well for City, winning 1-0 with a goal by debutant Mario Balotelli.