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Aug 15, 2006 - Bucharest

I was on the 11.15pm night train to Bucharest as it was a fourteen hour trip, however when I got to my sleeper compartment the door was locked and an old German woman in a nightie was standing in the space between the bunks giving me the evils! After a few minutes someone else let me into the compartment and I found my bunk while the German people grumbled about foreigners. Bucharest turned out to be quite nice. It is not as modernised as Budapest and in places there are holes the road and buildings on the verge of collaspe, but that added...

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Jul 13, 2006 - Romania - Arrival and Bucharest

Arrival, 12 July There is a sign above the immigration office on the Bulgaria-Romania border that says, in numerous languages, that it is everyone's responsibility to fight corruption. The Lonely Planet also warns about border corruption. We thought that all must be well when we were asked to pay just the tax stated on the official notice boards. We paid in euros (we had no Romanian lei) and moved on. When we got into town, we saw the official euro/lei exchange rate, did some sums and checked our border receipt. We then realized that we...

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Alexes Abroad

May 29, 2006 - Onto Bucharest, Romania

The train from Veliko Tarnovo was slow, but then, we were in no hurry to get to Bucharest. A town most guide books say isn't worth much time, our plan was a late arrival, an overnight stay and an early departure. Once you arrive in Bucharest it is not hard to see why the guide books give such advice. Bulgaria may have been ruled by occupiers for 700+ years, but Romania had Niocolai Ceausescu, a ruthless communist dictator. Romania and specifically Bucharest went back decades under his rule. Sadly, many of the communist ruins, people still...

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Sep 28, 2005 - Day 32: Black Sea to Bucharest.

Today we headed to Romania. Our first night would be spent in Bucharest. We picked up our guide, who would stay with us the whole time we were in Romania, at the border. His name is Sebastian and he's a great guy. Andy had warned us he tended to smell a bit and we were all a little apprehensive when he got on the bus, but it was alright. He took us on a driving tour of Bucharest. We then headed to our hotel. I roomed with Lisa. We had dinner included. After dinner, Sarah, Crissey, Luke and I headed out to find a bar. We met up with quite a...

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Aug 29, 2005 - Bucharest

The overnight train from Varna was run by a Russian company and the woman who collected the tickets was that hard she could have run a prison. The cows have come to Bucharest city. At first I thought it was just Bucharest's attempt to do better than Zurich's bears, then I realised that is the life-size art exhibition of multicoloured cows which is touring the world. I didn't know much of the history of Romania when I arrived, I still don't but one thing is for sure, Nicolae Ceausescu, the last communist leader and a dictator had little...

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Aug 3, 2005 - J: "Urgenta" in Bucharest

The delightful thing about arriving in a country you've previously visited, is re-discovering all of the things that are slightly different or unique from what you are accustomed. The first observation usually begins with a few characters on the plane. In our case it was one of Romania's nouveau riche, wearing a flamboyant black and gold Versace-patterned shirt under a black sport jacket, who continued to wear his sunglasses throughout the duration of the 3-hour flight - despite the misty rain. The more notable items are of course the...

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Skipping Stones

May 19, 2005 - Sinaia

Headed N. via train today for this high end skiing town, intending to go up the cable car and stay in a cabin at 1900 m. We got off the train 1 1/2 hrs after leaving Bucharest with snowy mountains above us...having plenty of time(it was only noon) we called the place and made reservations so we could do some stuff in the village at the base of the mtn. After some lunch and internet time we headed towards the cable cars and lo and behold they were shut down...the guy at the tourist info place told us they didn't get any warning, just a phone...

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May 14, 2005 - Bucharest, Romania

Romania, home of the language most closely related to Latin...left on the 4 pm train in a 3 occupant sleeper, very nice tho a bit cramped...arrived in Bucharest 7 am their time(having lost then regained an hour). We did not have a stop on our way into Serbia to xchg Bulgarian leva so we were very careful to spend or exchg Serbian dinar before lvg. the country. Now in the train depot very early we only had some Euro to purchase Romanian lei so we could get a phone card and call the French women who invited us to stay when we met them in...

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Feb 17, 2005 - Bucharest,Romania

Winter again. Cold and rainy everwhere I go. Walked around a little. The capital of Romania. Huge city. Went to the House of the People. This place is big. It is the second largest building in the world after the US Pentagon. It had taken 20000 workers, 700 architects working 3 shifts 5 years to build this place. It was built by the former tyrant president. He lost his job and life by firing squad in 1989. They wanted to blow the building up, but couldn't afford the dynamite.

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Feb 17, 2005 - Bucharest, Romania

Well we made it to our final destination. The 14 hour train was about as comfortable as it could have been, but we didn't get much sleep. We both realized that I smell pretty bad when locked into such a small compartment together. That last few days were kind of a whirlwind, so that is why I haven't updated for a while. In less than 48 hours we were in four different countries, with four different langauges, and four different kinds of money. When we got off the train this morning our friend A.J. was waiting for us. It was nice to see a...

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Aug 20, 2004 - Bucharest

Very very bizarre city! Enormous boulevards, with nothing driving on them, a truly humoungous palace and some strange residents. Romania if anything has to go down as one of Eastern Europes peculiarities, a legacy of a certain Mr Ceuchescu (however it's spelt). I was lucky enough to turn up on the weekend of an outdoor music and big sausage event in the main square in front of that monolith of a palace, I can't remember all the facts about it's size and construction but lets just say it was probably the ultimate in "communist" follies.

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Jul 8, 2004 - First day in Bucharest

Landed in Bucharest on Wednesday night after some serious travelling. It took me almost 20 hours to get from Toronto to the place I am staying in romania (Elvis Villa). I spent so much money in my stop over in Munich it was unbelievable (Was I going to spend this much on my trip?) - NO - Romania is so dirt cheap. 15 minute taxi = $2 lol. Got some pastry that night which I had trouble communicating so I gave her 2 Euros and said give me pastries - lol - after filling the bag with literally 20 pastries I said stop and she only took 1 Euro....

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Gabe in Europe 2004

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