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Thoughts on Romania.
It's a place of great contrasts,
extreme poverty sits right alongside obscene new wealth.
Stray dogs are everywhere in great
numbers, some chase motorcycles too, but you'll see old folk with a
cow on a lead???
Out in villages in the countryside
everyone seems to want to live alongside the road with many of them
using the location to sell their ...
It was a mixed bag that met us this
morning when we awoke and we were still undecided on our plan for the
day. The weather forecast seemed to be against us which didn't help
us much at all.
Jochen had some gps stuff to sort out,
so after a late breakfast it was almost 10am by the time we hit the
road. We decided that since we had come this far we might as well
try to ride the ...
... go to reception and the person speaks not one word of English. This happens and I never had issues before. It appears there is no reservation for my name despite my booking number. After much useless back and forth it appears there is room at the inn. He gives me the price and it doesn't seem to match what I am supposed to pay. An issue I will bring up with booking site. He also tries to tell me credit card machines are not ...
... the country. Well, that was an opportunity we could not miss!! So, off we went, heading for the Transfagarasan Road.
The road to Romania was a long and windy one – there is a big river between Serbia and Romania which becomes the Danube as you head further East, and so we skirted that all of the way, which gave us amazing views across the 'coastline’ to Romania, as we headed East through Serbia. There were mountains surrounding the river, and so we ...
... and helpful hostel and hotel manager, considered it not safe enough for us (I guess mainly Amy) to stay over in the hostel section with all the men, he allocated a double bed room to us in the hotel section, which we appreciated very much. We had dinner around the corner at a local basic but good eatery, probably regularly frequented by the aforementioned workers.
The next day we left the hotel/hostel to catch an early morning train further to Sibiu, our first stop in Transylvania.