Like I keep saying, I love Romania! When I first landed in Bucharest I still could not believe I was actually here, I never really thought I would live to see thirty let alone get my shit together enough to travel, I am definitely very pleased with myself at this point in time.
I stayed in Bucharest with a friend of mine (Lucian) and his family, I am very grateful they allowed me to stay with them, they are such lovely and fun people. Lucian took me on a tour of Bucharest City as well as to a Village Museum and we also did lots of shopping.
After Bucharest I went and stayed in a lovely hotel in Constanta which is on the coast of the Black Sea. Constanta is awesome but I was a bit lonely as I can’t speak much Romanian and staying in a hotel instead of a hostel is not very social. I pretty much just stuck to the harbour, visited the old casino, and enjoyed the food and beer.
I left Constanta for Tulcea which was an Epic fucking disaster! The people I stayed with had a filthy bug infested apartment, the apartment itself could have been lovely if they just cleaned it. Not only was the place awful there were no hostels that had any beds left so I was stuck in a filthy apartment and having to share a bug infested bed with a total fucking stranger. I had to pay 100 Lei to stay at this horrible place, I only paid because anywhere else would have been tripple the price. After paying this amount of money it soon becomes clear that my “friend” from IRC and his flatmate have no money at all and I have to pay for everything. I got jibbed out of so much money and I was only there for two days, I could have stayed in five fucking star hotel. I spent more in Tulcea than I did in Bucharest and Constanta combined and as a consequence I could only afford to visit one more city. I got the fuck out of Tulcea and went to Brasov.
In Brasov I stayed at a pretty cool hostel called Kismet Dao… at least it was cool until one of their staff members lost both my blazer and my new winter coat. I am pissed off about it but fuck it, I’ll just have to get over it. The staff have made efforts to get my jackets back but I have not received an apology and maybe it’s a bit to much to expect but I believe I deserve one, instead the person who removed my jackets just said “good luck finding a new coat”. There are notices that explain staff are not responsible for theft etc. but in this case the staff member physically took both of my jackets off their coat hangers and put them with a bunch of luggage that was being loaded into a bus to Serbia.
I stayed in Basov for a week during my time here I saw three castles, Rasnov Fortress, Bran Castle and Peles Castle in Sinaia. I love all thee castles but Bran is my favourite, Peles Castle was just a but much for me. Bran Castle is just perfect and not because it’s “Dracula’s” castle because it’s actually not.
Dracula or Vlad Tepes Probably never even stayed there, he may have been imprisoned there for a night or two but there is no evidence of this. Bran Castle became famous as Count Dracula’s castle because of Bram Stokers book Dracula. Vlad’s actual castle, Boenari Castle and is located Walachaia (the province Vlad actually ruled) at the top of a huge mountain that no public transport goes to and you have to climb 1480 steps to get to the entrance. I do want to see Boenari Castle so I will come back in summer to visit Vlad’s actual castle as well as the cities of Sighisora and Tirgu Mures. I am a sad I could not afford to see these places this time but the locals have told me summer is better anyway and I need my money for London.
In a few days I will leave Romania and go to London where I will hopefully get a job quickly. I am very much looking forward to seeing my Angel again, staying with her is going to be a blast!