Trip Start Dec 30, 2006
84Trip End Jul 27, 2007
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I got in very early in the morning from Moldova and into the hostel around 6:30am. They had a castle tour going out at 9:30 and I figured I would do that...by about 10am when they showed up I had hit a brick wall thanks to my three hours sleep on the bus. Instead of doing the castle tour I found my bed and napped. I loves me a good nap.
When I got up a few hours later I met a couple Aussies who where also just getting up - though they had been out until about 5am the night before enjoying some legendary Brasov nightlife.
You needed four people for the hostel to do the castle tour and the next day only Jordy (the American from New Jersey) and myself had signed up. We decided to do it on our own but on the way out we ran into three more Americans who tagged along for the ride.
Bran, at least appearance wise, seems to be more affluent than most small Romanian towns I have passed so far on my trip. The affluence probably comes from the hundreds of thousands of tourists who come through to see Bran Castle.
Halfway back to Brasov is the town of Rasnov, home of an impressive fortress, that we all wanted to see especially since it was on the way back from Bran. All of us crammed into one cab for the 20km trip. With an American on my lap and a cab driver that had just started his job we where off. Only one wrong turn and a twenty minute detour later we where on our way up the steep dirt road to the fortress. Steep hill + six people in a car + an inexperienced driver = stall outs galore. Good times.
Fusion is big. One of the biggest fusion trends I saw in Brasov that I think will soon be sweeping the western world was at a place we went to one night - Tequila Bowling. On the main floor - bowling. On floors 2,3,4 - a crazy nightclub. After Belgium with its perfect mix of Beer, Chocolate & Waffles this may be the smartest combo deal I have seen on my travels so far. Or maybe that's just the tequila talking.