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May 8, 2011 - Communist Romania

OK so today was a travel day from Frankfurt to Bucharest via Budapest airport. I could say nothing has happened, blah blah blah. But you know what today has been a good day in some ways. It started with the free hotel breakfast, included in the 42 Euros a night price tag. I stocked up on fruit for the day also. The train ride to the airport was uneventful and on schedule, just like the Germans like it. I boarded my Air Malev flight to Budapest, from the outside it looked fine, the inside was something aged and antiquated. Fortunately the...

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Dec 13, 2010 - Piatra Craiului

I was hiking Piatra Craiului Mountains in Romania on November 27 2010. A 3.45 hours hike in the early snow made the day. Me and Andrei track a brown bear and a fox for about 30 minutes not far from Spirlea shelter. We meet a few other hikers on their way back, the powder snow and the ice prove climbing to the top impossible, especially without proper gear. Craita lodge was lake we knew it: gorgeous!

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Zotta's world

Oct 28, 2009 - Travel Day to Bucharest

Pretty mellow day. I caught a 4 pm train to Bucharest. I got a free train pass from an Australian guy who was on his way home. It has 3 more uses on it and it totally worked. My train ride was 15 hours long. I got about 3 hours of sleep and the heater in my train car was busted and it is getting very cold.

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My European Trip

Aug 24, 2009 - Alexandria

So much to say, overwhelmed with thoughts. So much happens in my life sometimes that I’m at a loss as to how to characterise it or even evoke it... Let’s start with the day I left Prishtina. The CATT cohort had a wrap-up meeting Saturday morning at our unofficial headquarters, the Teatro café beside the theatre. A lot of useful feedback from an exceedingly gratifying week; Artemis and I headed off to the airport while Hartley and the ladies took off for a day of shopping. After seeing Artemis off in Vienna I scrambled to catch two...

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Mick Outside the Box

Nov 3, 2008 - No Rest in Bucharest

Bucharest We took a personal class train from Brasov to Bucharest. This is the cheapest and slowest way to make the journey meaning the trip took 5 hours instead of two. Other than being a milk run, the trip was fine. We arrived in Bucharest just as the sun was setting. We found a kiosk selling bus transit tickets just outside the train station and boarded the bus to our pre-booked hostel. We knew from reading the hostel’s website that we should get off seven stops after the train station so we started counting. Seven stops later, we exited...

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Sep 22, 2008 - Law & Order in Romania

September 22, 2008 Monday I returned to the main highway after catching a final glimpse of Rasnov Castle. The highway makes its way down the Prahova River Valley and before long you arrive at Sinaia, home to Peles Castle and the Sinaia Orthodox Monastery. I had a quick look around the monastery and then headed up to the castle. Peles Castle is more a manor house than a castle that was constructed in the late 1800's to serve as the king's summer residence. Construction spanned a period of 40 years and the king died a few months after it was...

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Sep 14, 2008 - Bucharest

Sunday, September 14, 2008 Bucharest I took a $10 taxi from my hotel to Union Square, the heart of Ceausescu’s Bucharest. The city had it’s heyday in the first third of the 1900’s and was known as the Paris of the East during this era. An earthquake in 1940 and subsequent WWII bombing took its toll on the city’s grandeur. Then Ceausescu came along in the 80’s and finished the job by leveling a large swathe of the old city to make room for his vision of communist paradise. The square lies along the 3.5km Unirii Blvd, which he intentionally...

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Sep 13, 2008 - Chisinau to Bucharest

Saturday, September 13, 2008 Moldova to Bucharest As I didn’t leave for the airport until 1345 for my 1630 flights, I figured I might do a little further exploration of Chisinau. However, when I awoke it was rainy, cool and breezy so I pulled the covers over my head and went back to sleep. The place I was thinking about visiting was Lake Marilor on the west edge of the city, which the Lonely Planet said was the favorite spot for locals to gather and relax. I mentioned this to Valery on the way to the airport and he said my decision to go...

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Sep 5, 2008 - Bucharest, Romania

September 5 Another early morning. We found a place for breakfast ... had an omelette. There isn't a whole lot to choose from. We stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few snacks and while we were deciding what to buy, the clerk snapped at us and told us it was all the same, so just pick one. We quickly made our choice and then she didn't have enough change to give to us. So when I asked her about it, she simply shrugged her shoulders, opened the cash register to show us it was empty and indicated she didn't have any. We laughed so hard....

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Aug 29, 2008 - Bucharest, Romania

Ravi -- The capital of Romania, and its largest city (over 2 million), was our last stop in Romania, if not a quick stop for a day and a half. While a large metropolis, we were at first wary that it would hold true to very Eastern-Eastern European concrete-ness -- racked with poverty and stray dogs -- and not offer much for us to explore. We were wrong. From some of the better museums that we've experienced to the second largest building in the world, our short time in Bucharest was quite filled with activities! Our train arrived from...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Galati - Bucharest

Woke up at about 9 and went to find a SIM-card. The woman in the kiosk said that it was impossible to make calls to any international mobiles on any of the cards (including Vodafone and Orange). Very odd and the hotel receptionists didn't believe it. It was hot and humid so a train seemed the best option to get to Brasov. A taxi ride to the train station and the news from there was that the next train to Brasov went via Bucharest where I would have to change trains. I'd been planning to avoid Bucharest but now it seemed I was going there...

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Chris's 2008 Jaunt

May 20, 2008 - Romania - Bucharest

We arrived in Bucharest at about 9 a.m and Oliver helped us to purchase our tickets for this afternoon’s train trip to Istanbul. The process is made a lot easier and twice as fast when somebody who is familiar with the local language helps you. So, we managed to secure 3 beds in a 6 bed sleeper this afternoon for the train that leaves at 12:15 pm. We crossed our fingers and hoped that we wouldn’t have to share with anyone else. After we had left our luggage in storage at the train station, we caught a cab with Oliver. Driving in the cab...

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The Arnash Adventure

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