FIRST IMPRESSIONS; BRASOV, ROMANIA

My journey from Debrecen, Hungary to Brasov, also known as Kronstadt, the Transylvanian part of Romania took me about 15 hours by train.

I had a little skirmish at the border as I was questioned by the customs about why I was there, well regardless of the reason I had my proper documents, so make sure you have the proper permit or visa or do verify if your passport gives you free entry.

I took the night train, we stopped at Cluj Napoca sometime during the night,  it was really colourful even from just the train. The train arrived Transylvania in the morning. And the scene was something like the White witch’s land in the Chronicles of Narnia. The trees, the mountains, the rooftops, everywhere was coated white.  It all appeared really poetic!! Am just gonna go ahead and touch on a few things and my impression on them. Am still in Romania by the way.

Landscape

Gorgeousness! Transylvania is really impressive, you do need to visit here to experience it. Am not sure how it is in the other seasons of the year, but seeing the views in winter has been amazing.

Just a tiny glimpse glimpse
Train from brasov to bucharest, forgive me and my phone camera, this doesn’t do the views justice at all.

People

The people have been welcoming, they don’t appear to be that curious, everyone seems to be minding their business, but when approached, they can spare some time for you.

Accommodation

I came on last minute, so I couldn’t find an apartment and have been staying in a hostel. Its shared, but decent and safe. Brasov is pretty safe. And pricing is pretty decent. The owner let me pay 100 euros for 4 weeks, even though it should cost more from my online booking. And other hostels are also priced decently. 30 lei per night, that’s about 6 eur per night.

Transportation

So far, the transportation has been the only “ehn” thing for me. It is cheap, that is the buses, except you have to check online with google maps for directions, cause so far I haven’t seen a timetable at any bus station, you know, like something that shows the subsequent stops. Taxis are also affordable with most destinations pricing within 10 lei (2-3 euros). There is no metro in Brasov.

And the Transylvanian railroads, I think its really impressive and admirable how they were made, as most of the area is mountainous. Really admirable!

Food

There are a lot of local restaurants serving romanian food. Yes meat, if you are a meat lover, it’s a good place to be. Meat, sausages, polenta, potatoes are the norm and soups are very popular. Brasov has a variety of tastes and I’ll share more pictures in the following posts. There’s no lack of street food either, whether you want sweet or salty, it’s all present. Prices are affordable.

Smoked gammon with spicy cabbage

Shopping

I have been to three shopping malls, the most remarkable being Unirea (this is next to Brasov’s train station) and Coresi shopping resort which is really huge, these people do have a lot of land to spare. And for stores, they have Lidl and Billa, these two I know. I actually like Billa.

 

Tourism

Transylvania is actually a popular destination. Even in winter, Poiana Brasov’s skiing resort gives the place another reason to be visited. Also, Bucharest, Sibiu and Sighisoara are only around 2-3 hours from Brasov.

Language

Let me see, so far I didn’t get lost, I do have google maps to thank, but the people also. There is always some one around who can speak English.

And there is also a small population of Germans and Hungarians here, I actually came across a few cities  and signboards in Hungarian. Also I came across a few Romanians who speak French, most asked if I could communicate in French.

Finally, I can teach you a few basic Romanian phrases, quite easy to learn.

Buna ziua – Good day

Multumesc – Thank you

And finally Goodbye which is La revedere and do watch out for my next posts on Romania.

 

La revedere…

 

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