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Europe » Romania » Transilvania August 1st 2015

August 1, 2015 – I got up at 7am and got my things together for the day. Roommates were all asleep, of course. Haven’t even met any of them actually. I talked to Ying from Taiwan, who was on my tour last night, and she told me the bus times I needed, as the bus to the bus station only came infrequently on Saturdays. That was really good to know. Breakfast started at 8am, but the hostel girl didn’t show up until 8:05. I asked her if I could get my money back for breakfast and she said no. So I told her that I had to leave at 8:20 and she better get started. I also asked her for toilet paper since both bathrooms were empty. Classy. The breakfast sucked and then I was on ... read more
Bran castle
Bran castle
You can see original wall here

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 1st 2015

So just when I was getting use to Bucharest it was time to say goodbye and head off to Brasov. I took one final look around my hostel – Villa 11 – and headed over to the station. I managed to find my platform and my train, getting on 40 minutes early so that I could secure a seat for myself, and a place for my luggage. It was all very informal, there was no checks done of tickets until the train was on its way to Brasov, so I was able to just sit back, read my book, and enjoy 3 hours worth of forest scenery. It was incredibly relaxing and definitely reassured me that I have made the right choice to do the majority of my travels by rail. It was all so lush ... read more

Europe » Romania July 31st 2015

Today is Thursday day 6, we began by our day by walking to the House of Parliament. At the House of Parliament is where the deputies and congressmen meet to discuss and make decisions for the country of Romania. Inside the House of Parliament we saw several rooms which were decorated in various styles. The floors in every hall were made of marble which came from Romania. One thing I found interesting was there was a design on the floor which matched the layout of the building. Another thing that I found to be interesting was everything in a room matched, so the floors matched the heating registers which matched the decorations in molding of the walls. After the Palace we walked back towards our hotel where we once again got KFC, but this time we ... read more

Europe » Romania July 31st 2015

Day 7! Were half way done with our trip! Today began with a trip to the peasant museum in Bucharest. In the museum there were several areas. The first area we went in was based on all different types of icon paintings. There were icons painted on wood and glass. One thing we did not really think about was that the peasant class would not have had art classes so the icons were “childlike” paintings. However, I believe that we all found the beauty with in them. The next area we saw was room full of spiritual items such as an over 300 year old church that has been brought into museum. To me this was amazing, it was a very small church made of wood, and the ceiling was very low, and the partition. A ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania July 31st 2015

July 31, 2015 – (am) - Today I got up very early in order to leave at 7am for the train. Constantin was very kind and cooked me an omelet for breakfast at 6:30am before I left. I took the metro to the train station and bought a ticket to Sinaia, where I would visit the two castles, and another ticket from there to Brasov for the same afternoon. I wanted to make sure I had a seat and that I didn’t have to worry about doing it later. A couple near me in line translated for me, which made it easier. I had some time to wait, and I had to stand there, waiting for the platform number for my train to come up. Once it did I walked over and got on the train. ... read more
Pelisor castle
Pelisor castle

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 31st 2015

July 31, 2015 - (afternoon) - I took the 3:30pm train to Brasov, and it took an hour. At the train station I had to get a bus to town, and when I arrived in town, I met Markus, a Swedish guy also trying to find our location on the map. We found it and walked together to my hostel. He had nowhere to stay yet, so he tried my place. It was just starting to rain. The woman told him there were no places left so he headed out. She also told me she had no record of my reservation and that there were no beds free. I showed her the emails I had from her colleague to the contrary. It was the first of many disappointments in Boemia hostel. She talked to her boss ... read more
Main square
Main square
Bride stalking

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 31st 2015

Well day 2 of my summer adventures ended up getting off to a late start. I ended up getting to bed around 2am - a combination of the overwhelming head, the snoring Pakistani in the bunk next to me and Louise messaging me kept me up - so after getting dressed and having breakfast I left my accommodation around midday. First stop was the train station to stock up on some more bottled water (I have never drunk so much water before!) and then I was off to figure out how to get a bus ticket. The first lady at the ticket office I approached just ended up yelling at me in Romanian (not she what/why she was yelling?). The next lady was slightly more helpful, and by that I mean was able to get my ... read more

Europe » Romania July 30th 2015

Today is our 5th day in Romania. We began today by taking the subway to the train. From the train we went to Sanai .Once in Sanai we walked up the roadway to the Peles Castle. Along the way we walked through the woods on a brick sidewalk. Along the sidewalk up to the castle was several stands full of souvenirs. Once we reached the middle of the hill we could actually see the castle. My first thoughts were not only was this place huge but it was full of intricate detail. The first thing we could see was the towers. The outside had a large lawn full of statues. Once we walked up to the castle there was a fountain. Us girls sat along the edge of the fountain and we each threw a quarter ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu July 30th 2015

It's been a while ... We've been so busy recently that I haven't had time to update you, sorry. So after Prague we drive to Vienna, it was a pretty painless drive and the roads were scenic. Vienna was much better than we thought it was going to be, we had a guided tour from a couple of Joss' friends and managed to find enough time to see all of the main sights in a day. We then went to Jason's uncles house for a lovely meal which was very welcome (and very tasty). Then came another trouble free drive to Budapest. A soak in a traditional spa was in order that evening. The evening entertainment was a pub crawl to some traditional bars, meeting fellow travellers along the way. A great night, and not such ... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest » Gara de Nord July 30th 2015

Day 1 of my travels in Bucharest done and dusted and my first impression is - well, it's hot, sticky, there are lots of stray cats in the street and shirtless men. Shirtless men with quite substantial beer bellies I might add. My flight to Bucharest was fairly uneventful. I was quite amused going through customs as there was literally no body around even if you had stuff to declare. I then had to try find the bus stop (an easy enough task) and then catch the bus to the train station, which is a 5 minute walk from my accommodation. The bus part was easy but the walk ended up being a bit more confusing. I ended up asking a garbage man for directions, he was very helpful (despite speaking very limited English) but he ... read more

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