Brasov Travel Blog› entry 21 of 49 › view all entries
Well, I made it to Transylvania, one of only 3 or 4 "musts" that I felt while planning this trip. Yesterday was spent primarily on a train. For quite a while I was the only person in the entire car (not just the compartment I was in, but the whole car). I slept, but not very well, as for much of the night we were in the Tatras in Slovakia ... quite chilly, and then through the day in Hungary and Romania it was really hot. When we stopped just across the Polish/Slovak boarder, I was asleep & was awoken by a loud scream as we were pulling in to the customs stop. Then somebody walked past my compartment (as I said, that was odd, as I was alone in the car) ... my half conscious mind began to think about Agatha Christie plots, etc, and I had no way of remembering the person enough to give a decent description.
I'm glad that I stocked up on water when I was in the station in Krakow. I never saw any vendors on the train, and as I didn't have any Hungarian or Romanian currency, I couldn't even run out at a stop, but I had two liters of "woda niegazowana" (non-sparkling water) from Poland and some food from Lithuania. It was an interesting 22 hours, almost exclusively alone on the train.
Well, in any case, I made it to Brasov, got a cab to the hostel I had a reservation at, and discovered that I had misremembered my confirmed dates .
On the 6th, I took a ride up to the top of Mt. Tâmpa, part of the Carpathians aka the Transylvanian Alps. I explored Brasov, ate at a Scottish-style pub (had the driest shepherd's pie ever) and made my way back to the hostel. There one person was getting together a group to go out, rather than learning our names, he just learned where we were from, so the group that he (New York) got together called each other: New York, Chicago (me), California, Helsinki, Perth, Florida, Seoul, London, Oregon, Dublin .