Published: July 6th 2012July 5th 2012
Our bus to Sibiu left already at 6:26, so we had to rise even earlier than yesterday. We had decided to spend only the day in Sibiu and go to Bucharest for the night in order to continue towards Tulcea and the Danube delta the next day. Our hope is that it will be a little bit cooler near the sea.
We left our luggage at Sibiu train station and started of towards the city center. It was actually only a few hundred meters from the train station, so we found the three squares of the old city quickly. All of the city center is filled with 18th and 19th century houses in excellent condition, it really feels like Germany or some of the cities of northern Italy. The big square is a large open area surrounded by most of the museums of the city but also some restaurants. The small square is however where most of the restaurants are. Then there is a third, smaller square next to the other two, but its main attraction is the big evangelic church which was closed for renovations, so nothing to see there at the moment.
We had breakfast at a
little café on the small square, and even though it looked quite fancy we still managed to get our breakfast for about 6 euros. We then went walking in the old town enjoying the atmosphere of the city, I really liked it and it felt so much more genuine than Sighisoara without being run down like some parts of Bucharest. No dracula tourists, nice shops and cafés, and everything in good condition.
We didn't have time for any of the museums, so after strolling around the city and buying some more books to read we headed for a pizzeria and had lunch. At this point it started to get really hot. We tried to drink a lot and stay in the shade, but I still felt overheathed. The same continued at the train station and in the train, there was no escape from the heath. When in the train I started to get a headache and then I started to feel sick, probably a combination of travel sickness and overheathing. The train was also late, so the 6 hour trip got prolonged to 7. I then sat staring at any unmoving point I could find (a little hard as
we were traveling through forrest clad valleys between mountains for most of the time), it only got better when we got nearer to Bucharest and the terrain flattened out (also helped as the train didn't have to turn all the time).
It felt like a small victory when we finally arrived in Bucharest, and when we got back to the hostel and got the same room as earlier with the huge terrace and air conditioning we celebrated with a cool shower and the wine bottle planned for the train out on our terrace. Let's hope we don't have to endure similar travel conditions during the rest of the trip!
Generally we both liked Transilvania very much, although it lacked the exotique we thought it would have. It basically felt like another version of Austria or souther Germany, the beer was the same, the food was the same and the towns looked similar, the main difference being the cheaper prices. We have to consider returning during the winter, the conditions seemed to be excellent for skiing!