Destination 3: Romania

Yes, you read that correctly. Probably not a place you'd think a newbie solo backpacker would try so soon into his travels but hey, surprise! Indeed then, I caught a flight out of Cyprus to board    a Hungarian plane full of Romanians. As you do, right? Besides, who travels from Cyprus to Romania!? In fact, why am I travelling from Cyprus to Romania!? Such random des ...

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A weekend in Bucharest

Did you know that every single person who knew I was heading to Romania, of which there weren't very many, wished me 'good luck'. Clearly they knew something I didn't and being on my own, naturally   I felt a little daunted, although I didn't let on. Was their cause for concern massively overcautious or wholly accurate? To impart what I've learnt, I'll dedicate a separate post to this so in the meantime, please enjoy some tou ...

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So what is Bucharest really like?

Did anyone see my Mother's most recent comment from my picture-heavy post: 'A weekend in Bucharest'?"...I must admit I will be at peace when I know you have left Romania. Well Mother dearest      (and to everyone else), I can now report back that yours and other people's over-cautiousness need not have been. When I went to Paris last year for a three day break, less than 10 minute ...

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A memorable train ride from Bucharest to Brasov

So I've made it to Transylvania then folks! Have you ever taken a 3 hour train journey and actually enjoyed it? I hadn't until today. The challenge right now though becomes how to write about a train journey and make it both accurate and entertaining. Can't promise anything but here is how I passed 3 hours earlier on: So get this, although I would soon approach my train with a bit of a face on (what could possi ...

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Exploring Brasov

Apart from how placid, gentle and civilised Brasov appears to be in contrast to Bucharest, the first noticeable difference was the temperature. It's plummeted here in the mountains and they are not   expecting sunshine for a few more days time. Still, as long as the rain holds out that's OK for me. Randomly, the city is notable for being the birthplace of the Romanian national anthem as well as having Romania's first school. ...

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Dracula's castle, Rasnov and a bear sanctuary all in one day

For a place so heavily reliant on tourism, perhaps unsurprisingly there are leaflets everywhere for tours in and around the Brasov commune. The most popular (for namesake at least), is a visit to Bram to see the castle. Separately, Rasnov supposedly offers a stunning fortress and then there is bear sanctuary fairly near too! All three sounded great but for 69 euros (excluding site entry) this sounded expensive and so ...

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I'm leaving Romania but here's why you should come!

Sadly, the time has finally come for me to move on from this surprisingly picturesque and peaceful country. Instead of heading further north into the mountains, which is what I thought I was doing up until a day or so ago, I've decided to move in a westerly direction. I've modified my plan so that I've left a large area to visit when I come back here one day. Hopefully by then one or more of you will be able ...

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