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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 24th 2011

The overnight train from Budapest to Romania was pretty nice and the bathrooms were spotless. I had a two person sleeper that I shared with a very nice Romanian woman, although there wasn't much room in the cabin. The train line went from Budapest to Bucharest but I got off in Brasov, a beautiful town in Transylvania. Also on the train line was Deva, and but we stopped there in the middle of the night, and even if I had been awake I wouldn't have been able to see anything. I am pretty happy that they speak a Romance language here because I can sometimes make out what they say to me (hit or miss) and especially read some of the signs so I don't feel completely lost. Brasov is a beautiful town in itself, but ... read more
view from Bran castle
Bran castle gardens
Brasov sign on the hill

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov May 29th 2011

Romania, Romania, Romania.... Just B-E-A-UTIFUL! We have had the most amazing time there. It is a shame we had not booked to stay longer as the country was gorgeous! We got up to get the 5:45am taxi from Ruse, crossing the Danube and travelled to Bucharest. Arriving at about 8am, we wandered through the town to find our hostel. We felt like we were back in London. It was lovely. Grand buildings, malls, monuments, fountains... was a nice change from what we were used to. I was excpecting something similar to Sofia, but it was so much nicer! We stayed at Butterfly Villa Hostel in the North of Bucharest which was a really nice hostel. Managed to get a room to ourselves, on the top bunks and got organised. We then went out to explore Bucharest, ... read more
At the hostel
At the Hostel
Rowing in the park

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov October 31st 2010

Days 2 & 3: Brasov After our enchanting night at the "Loft of Heartache" we headed on to Brasov, Romania. Brasov is one of the seven walled citadels populated by the Saxons of Transylvania, which were known in German as the Siebenbürgen (seven boroughs). Brasov is a lovely town, with traditional foods and artwork reflecting both its Romanian and German roots . It is also filled with a surprising number of English-speakers and Americans. It's a pretty touristy place, which we are not accustomed to living in Chisinau. So few people speak English in Chisinau that my ears have grown very sensitive to picking out English speakers in a crowd. As we walked around Brasov, we were delighted to hear a mixture of languages and accents...French, Italian, British and Australian English, and of course the ... read more
Strada Sforii

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov September 30th 2010

Brasov Beck and I arrived in Brasov on the night train and made our way to the hostel where Beck was staying, and promptly fell asleep for a few hours because we were so tired after the train! It took us a while to find the hostel so loads of local people in the main square were helping us, none of them had a clue either! But eventually we found it, no receptionist, a wierd old man let us in the door, where one Australian guy was asleep. He was the only other guest in the place! After our sleep we went to meet my couchsurfer, a bus ride away from the central square. Mihai met us from the station, he was a surprise because he has a condition which means he can't walk properly, we ... read more
Brasov... probably the best town in the world
tourist info!
Bran castle courtyard

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 20th 2010

Day 4-Royal Palace & Brasov 20 August 2010 Yet another perfect weather day. It is no wonder why this village was picked for summer get-a-ways from the heat in Bucharest. Before reporting on today, Jackie just reminded me to tell about the dogs. We were warned before arriving in Sinaia that there was no air conditioning in the hotel. But as nights were cool, it would be fine as you could just open the windows and get a cool breeze in the room. “You might hear some dogs during the night but nothing to worry about,” said our guide. If it troubled you then you could just close the windows. Right! On the first night we were still recovering from jet lag. So, while traveling in the bus we would nap. That meant that sleeping soundly ... read more
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Modern transportation

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 14th 2010

just spent a lovely few days in draculas hometown of brasov. went to draculas castle which wasnt as gothic as expected, however the walk up the hill was horrendous. Went to a european circus and wasnt impressed. the whipping of endangered animals was not my scene so that is something i shalnt be doing again. currently in budapest waiting for a train to prague and then amsterdam and finally home on wednesday! xx... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 12th 2010

As we stepped off the train at Braşov, we were surprised to be hassled about accommodation for a change. Finally, maybe we had come to a place in Romania which did expect tourists! Not that I mind walking off the beaten track a bit, but having already been recommended visiting Constanța by someone and finding the apparent lack of anywhere to accommodate tourists there, I was worried that the whole of Romania, including Braşov, would be a repeat of this. However, I had been told to go to Braşov by two other people who were very right. We took the guy who offered us a hostel up on his offer, and we stayed in an extremely cool place called Kismet Dao hostel on the outskirts of the historic centre. Our train had picked up the standard ... read more
Nice try...
Yeah, but...
Complete bullshit.

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov June 30th 2010

I hate getting outsmarted. Arrived and immediately got harassed for taxi rides, hotel stays, etc. However a tall black guy named... I think Derek... came up to me and, in English, started instructing me as to the lay of the land. Turns out that he went to school outside of Lubbock, and was now in Romania playing basketball professionally. He stuck me on a bus which ended up at my hostel, and we agreed to meet up that night for dinner. Made it to my place relatively easily, although I did have to scamper around what appeared to be a wolf pack of (probably not actually) skinny and disheveled stray dogs. It appears that there are loose dogs EVERYWHERE in Romania, something which I had read in my guide book but had not believed in the ... read more
"help me"... on train seat...
brasov with tampa behind

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov June 17th 2010

I returned to the 'mici restaurant' to savor a final helping of their version. There was a little combo in there playing Romanian tunes, lounge-lizard style. I got the back of my pants wet in the toilet from unknown substances on the floor, forcing a hasty retreat to my nearby pensiune for a quick hand wash. It rained all night again forcing me to pack damp clothes. It was 8:00 when I was ready to go to the bus station and I had to wake up Reception to take my payment for the last day. LOL I had a short walk from the city bus to the gara but I had a printout of the bus schedule so I was a happy man. I had contacted a chat friend and arranged a short visit to Brasov. ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov September 28th 2009

Last night we left Budapest and took a night train to Brasov, Romania. I didn't expect things to be so different here, but they really are. The night train was alright, kind of cramped but the bunk beds were better than any of the hostels we've stayed at. Jessica and I were watching a movie on her mini-computer when the cabin door flung open and a train attendant sharply demanded something in another language. Everyone gave him their passports and tickets for inspection so we did too. About an hour later the door flung open again and another train attendant asked for passports, but this time only from Jessica and I. He took our passports and wrote down information from them. I found it pretty alarming because it was a different person, which means they're keeping ... read more
$.50 wine in Eger

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