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Coming off an alcohol soaked stint in Budapest, thanks to our new friends at Tiger Tim’s Hostel, we prepared for our longest single train ride: a sleeper to Bucharest that was close to 15 hours with only one relativley early border disturbance, in other words a good nights sleep. Well rested, we looked forward to Romania and seeing an old friend from Vancouver, one of the Vera’s Burger crew, Serban. He set us up amazingly at his place, played tour guide, drove us around town, lent us a cell phone to communicate with and gave us simply awesome suggestions to make the most of our time in Romania.
So far on our travels most of the people we talked to didn’t have the the best things to say about Bucharest. During the day it isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing as the construstion underway to modernize and repurpose the former dictator’s unfinished monstrosities are slowed by a weak EU economy. One of the first things people notice when walking the Bucharestan steets are the dangling sphaghetti wires that make up the outdated electrical, and tele-communication system in Romania. They have only just begun digging up the streets to use the less sketchy and electrifying method of underground wiring. (Note: Romania also has NO highways). However, at night it comes alive with a reinvigorated old town outfitted with beautifully cobblestoned pedestrian-friendly roads lined with lively pubs, restaurants and cafes. Unique stylish night clubs are the norm, and the seasonal markets, ice rinks, and x-mas lights make Bucharest a great fun and affordable city for all ages. We also happened to arrive on the night they light up the main streets with x-mas lights, quite a sight and draws an exuberant crowd. Before bed we walked to Tea House bunker. Again a place that would go unseen by visitors, but a secret underground tea house for locals. Pages of loose leaf teas from around the world, each person recieving their own personalized rustic pot of tea. Locals cozy up on couches and cushions on the floor, in private cellar style rooms or in hideaway bunks.
After our first day, we jumped back on our Eurail pass and headed to Brasov in Transilvania for the day. We again defied the season with yet another cold but beautifully sunny day. Off the train and an effortless bus trip to the city center we encountered the largest Gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna, the Black Church. Which owns an impressive
Afterwards we went to a Gala Boutique Nightclub. The music was great, the energy quickly rose from the time we arrived. There was a sexy secretary theme going on with complimentary black frame glasses. There was no dance floor cause that’s so 90’s. Table service was definitely a must for Bucharest’s nightclub scene for the usual reason, price and a table.
There wasn’t too much of a light show, but great use of space with