Train riding

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Spring where we got water in the morning during the water shortage

Riding the Romanian trains is a bit of an experience especially the night trains. There were no sleeper car or anything like that on the train but the train was half empty so I had a full bench in a compartment to myself which meant I could more or less lie down only a few inches short of being able to stretch out.

 

The sleeping arrangement was as good as one could hope for on this train but I think the steward of the train wanted to check whether or not the heating worked on the train - so he had turned it to maximum. Which meant the compartment was transformed into a something resembling a steam bath. The inside temperature were soaring really fast making it hard to sleep. To counter the heat from the heater I tried to open the window in the compartment - which cooled the place down really fast.

New Ortocox Church under construction in front of old church
But the train were going through the mountains at night and the outside temperature were freezing level - so in only a few minutes the compartment changed from a steam bath to a freezer which were even worse. Hence I had to close the window again and just suffer the heat during my restless sleep.

 

After a long night which seemed almost endless I finally arrived in Suceava and hurried to my hostel. I got there had a quick coffee to help me feel a bit human again along with a bit to eat. Then what I really really really wanted this morning was a shower. After the night in the steam train I felt like I was covered in a half inch thick layer of sweat and dirt. But just at this time the water stop - after a quick call to the water supplier it turned out they had an accident and the water would be out for hours.

Statue of price
Great. Just to make matters worse the lack of water meant - only one flush per bathroom - and there were several people in the place.

 

So instead of a shower I volunteered to go on a water collecting mission. Just behind McDonalds (of all places) there was a small stream with water running. We went down there with two giant buckets which could hold 60 litres of water each. We tried to fill up one of the big buckets using a couple of smaller ones to fill it. This seemed like a good idea to save time - but carrying a bucket with 60 litres of water uphill turned out to be a bit of a challenges. We did finally succeed in the end - but the other bucket was filled using the smaller ones. After getting the water in the car we drive back to the hostel.

The old citadel up above the town

 

Just 50 meters before we get there the phone rings. And the message. Water is back again. Well at least this means I can get my shower now.

 

Afterwards I head out to see if there is anything interesting in town. It is not the most exciting of places in Romanian - it is remodel as a modern communistic town which means they have removed most of the old interesting buildings which used to be in the centre of town. But there is a few places - at the top of 1241 steps (I did not count but read it on a map) there is an old fortress of town which is virtually abandon by visitors. I go up there and walk through the old walls.

 

I head back down the steps to the centre of town.

Paintings outside the painted monastery
There is an old monastery in town - St John the new Monastery. I think he is only a saint for the Romanian Orthodox Church and no one else. But the monastery is an example of what this area of Romania is so famous for - painted monasteries. The colours on the walls are a bit faded but I realize that I made the right choice to go up here and see these world heritage buildings.

 

After the walk around town I get back to the hostel where Monica and another guest are doing some cooking for dinner. I probably should volunteer to help but on the best of days I am a mediocre cook and right now my vision is semi blurred because of lack of sleep from the train ride - so I better go to sleep.

 

At night we enjoy the Romanian speciality - which shall remain nameless since I forgot the name - of cabbage stuffed with vegetables and bean soup. This time of year it is 7 weeks before Easter and according to Romanian tradition you should eat some special diet which is totally vegan. For me vegan means no meat, no diary products, no fish and absolutely no taste whatsoever. But I got to admit that the meal they have prepared actually is really nice and a cake to finish it of also fully vegan.

Koralifix says:
You managed all these unforeseen challenges ... well done :)
Posted on: Feb 26, 2009
mga_galang_paa says:
You sure had a lot of fun! Nice blog.
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
hummingbird50 says:
Well vegan can be a challenge but then you just add some spice, and herbs and you could be amazed!!! really. I have tried it:):):) Great blog thanks for sharing it...
Posted on: Apr 20, 2008
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Spring where we got water in the m…
Spring where we got water in the …
New Ortocox Church under construct…
New Ortocox Church under construc…
Statue of price
Statue of price
The old citadel up above the town
The old citadel up above the town
Paintings outside the painted mona…
Paintings outside the painted mon…
Statue of price
Statue of price
The walls inside the citadel
The walls inside the citadel
The walls inside the citadel
The walls inside the citadel
Inside the citadel
Inside the citadel
The central part of the citadel
The central part of the citadel
The moat in front of citadel
The moat in front of citadel
A bastion on the citadel.
A bastion on the citadel.
The citadel walls
The citadel walls
St John the new Monastery
St John the new Monastery
Looking up inside ST John the new …
Looking up inside ST John the new…
Paintings inside the monastery
Paintings inside the monastery
Tower at the monastery
Tower at the monastery
Man collecting water at the monast…
Man collecting water at the monas…
Residential buildings at the monas…
Residential buildings at the mona…
Paintings outside the painted mona…
Paintings outside the painted mon…
St John the new Monastery
St John the new Monastery
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