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What a neat city! We didn't have a great first impression, since the taxi that took us from the train station to the hostel tried to charge us the equivalent of $120 for a 7 minute cab ride in the Romanian currency (we ended up paying 10 euros which was like 5x too much anyways but better than 100!) Fortunately, things only improved from there, and we had only positive experiences with cab ...
... Timisoara, but it's not cheap and a bit of a challenge because we only drive automatic cars. So far in our experience in Europe and certainly Romania, automatic cars are the exception rather than the rule. Instead, we will take the six and a half hour train ride early tomorrow to Sibiu. Timisoara was a nice jumping off point for our Romania travel and we're certainly excited for the Transylvania part of our trip as that area looks and sounds ...
... enjoyed and appreciated all three plazas, anyway.
So with a snack, a gelato, and a coffee on Piata Victoriei, and a dinner in a quieter part of Timisoara, we still fully enjoyed our time in this city, in the briefest of introductions to Romania. However, in such a short amount of time, we were still able to ascertain one thing about Romania, despite our visit to a construction zone - this is going to be a pretty awesome next leg of the ...
Two Romanian couples are also camping there. They stroll over for a chat, very friendly, like everyone we have met so far in this country. No sign of thieving gypsy itinerants or wild brown bears so far, despite various warnings from Western Europeans along the way.
so we get our heads down,wondering whether we will be summoned at 6am for a compulsory calisthenics session.
Tomorrow the Transalpina.
Thankfully it disappeared quite quickly....So headed south into Romania, did the backroads again but as that part of Hungary is quite flat is was a tad boring....
Plotted up in Timisoara, ready for some decent mountain roads tomorrow..No photos today, didn't want ...