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... is not part of the Schengen Zone and so the border with Hungary is more substantial. We even have to show our passports.
*The Romanian language seems easier to pronounce than that of the countries we have recently visited.
* At 11.15 am it is already 33 degrees. Air con is on.
*As we enter Romania, the roads deteriorate, horse & carts compete for road space with ...
... of stuff to do in the city, but we plan to focus on the free activities since we only have one full day here. We leave for Bulgaria the day after tomorrow.
The train ride from Cluj to Bucharest was about 10 hours long and we didn't realize that the window was unlocked until the last part of the trip. We had our own compartment but it started to get super hot. The embarrassing part was that the window was a pull down and we thought it ...
... check out the Botanical gardens and do a Dungeon escape activity, but both were cash only. I tried to get as good of a look at the gardens from outside of the fence, and then decided to head back.
The dungeon escape activity required a reservation. The activity is basically to (try to) escape a dungeon for an hour after being locked in. They blocked the afternoon’s reservations and the only ones that were available were later in the evening. ...
... and cooked a gigantic feast! We went for an explore up the hill to see an amazing view of the countryside, we then walked out through the fields discovering old abandoned farm huts, still full with old farming tools and hay mattresses. So great to spend a bit of time away from a city with no electricity and with great people. Tonight we had a curry night, Rovi and Cata organised for a couple of their friends to come around to enjoy a home cooked meal and a few drinks ...
... I hope I can return and see the country properly one day. The time I spent there left me in a weird state of being heartbroken yet filled with love for humankind. It was probably the place that left the strongest impression on me out of the whole trip.
So this is it for now, I've been back to real life for a while now, had time to soak it all in, and can only hope that I will get to repeat the experience in the not very distant future!