Throwing our to-do list out the window

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
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Trip End Sep 04, 2008


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Flag of Romania  , Transylvania,
Saturday, August 23, 2008

Natasha and I decided to explore Sibiu, the 2007 European Capital of Culture.  There was a 9:45am train- easy enough.  We sadly said bye to GT and Romain.  I became particularly fond of Romain, so it was really too bad that he was leaving today.  Funny, the morning train to Sibiu got cancelled (or maybe it was delayed or arrived in the wrong lane or spun off the track killing 60 people, we do not know), so I tossed a coin.  Ataturk ordered us to go back to the hostel.  So we did.  GT was on his way out to catch a train to Bucharest, but of course, he could always take a later train instead and come to Harman with us.  Romain was nowhere to be found, so we just took off to this unknown place with a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Harman was kind of like Veliko Tarnovo's Arbanassi.  The Saxon church was nice enough; the entrance fee of 2 lei was fair enough... or was it?  I have yet to figure out why almost all Romanian churches charge visitors.  They really are not that interesting or impressive, with the exception of St. Nikolai.  We hitchiked back to the city center, saving all of 4.5 lei and 25 minutes!  We roll in style.

GT finally left to Bucharest, and Natasha and I celeberated our verry productive day by watching Aladdin.  Romain had joined us at this point and so was half of the hostel.  It was magical to say the least.  It's strange to be able to watch a Disney movie and understand the characters because when I was a child, I did not speak English and therefore Disney movies were more like a motion picture than a movie.  All the enunciated singing and double entendres crack me up.  Disney is just so great, English or no English, child or not, all the same.  We then recruited our newly aquired roommates to go to a pizza place for dinner.  Correction: a pizza place that does not serve pizza at 9pm.  So we went on a search until we found a restaurant that does not serve anything on the menu except for pizza.  I tried Silva, the Romanian dark beer, and it was so rich and delicious!  Romain always gets Fanta, probably a substitute for the fresh homemade OJ squeezed from oranges that grow in his backyard.  Along with homemade crepes and homemade marmalade jam and homebaked baguette, all the while wearing a beatnik outfit and saying flambouyant things like "oohlala!"  Just kidding, Romain is definitely not flambouyant, nor is he provincial.  I don't even know what a typical French person looks or acts like, but if Romain is just that, I wouldn't mind at all spending some time in France next summer instead of London.
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