Vampires and monks in Transylvania
Trip Start Aug 22, 2006
38Trip End Dec 11, 2006
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We ended up in the Sweet Room (the rooms have names, there's the Shagging Room, but obviously that wasn't for us). Our room has a balcony with at the time what looked like a view of dark hills. The hostel gives our drink coupons and a 5th nights stay free, so we are now staying for five days. We have six person room all to ourselves for a while.
13 November: There's running water all the time and hot water in all the sinks, it's luxurious
14 November: When we woke in the morning there was a light dusting of snow on the ground of the hills surrounding us
15 November: Going to Castle Bran (aka Dracula's castle). We had signed up for the tour at the hostel but it was only us so it got cancelled. We did it very easily on our own. Took the 12 bus from the statue in the square down the hill from the hostel - though first it went up into the hills and back to the square before going into the city. Got off that bus at the Auto Gara and waited about 2 minutes for the bus to Bran - the front says Moieciu but it goes past the Rasnov fortress, then drops you at the foot of the hill for Bran Castle, you can't possibly miss the stop. I'm rather happy I didn't have to waste my money on the tour since it was so cheap and easy to get to the castle on our own. The castle was not at all what you'd expect - not dark and sinister, quite the opposite, but I like it very much. There's a little village down the hill, but it being winter and off season the buildings were all locked. There were a million kiosks selling souvenirs and things. Having shipping problems I didn't buy anything, though almost found the perfect thing for a Christmas gift (very heavy though)
16 November: Woke up around 8AM but everyone else was still sleeping so I went back to bed. Slept in, late breakfast, Off to the post office yet again. We got information about the proper post office to ship things internationally from the hostel -it is on Grivitei, right next to the place we tried last time, and crazily I almost went into the door the first time we went but E called me back and asked where I was going, so I never actually went in - of all the bad luck. However, it was incredibly easy and there were no extensive lines (which you'll find at every single other post office until 19-20:00, insanity). After that we thought to try the funicular again but got sidetracked. Shopping for our souvenir Romania pin (not found as yet) and belts. My very old leather belt broke and E needs a new one as well, but it's been about a week now. After shopping we had crapes for lunch, very delicious snack. It being late for lunch we didn't want to spoil our dinner back at the hostel.
17 November: We leave Brasov tonight at 21:20 for Budapest, Hungary, arriving at 6:52AM!!