Time to take a train
Trip Start Aug 18, 2006
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The train ride was a great novelty after so many miles by bike. It was also a bright morning and the scenery gorgeous- mountains, swollen streams and the trees were turning the deep reds of late autumn. Arriving in the afternoon I really only had time to get my bearings. I wandered into town with a vague idea of finding l'office de tourisme, but instead spotted a 'telepherique' (cable car) up the mountain that overshadows Brasov. At the top there was a restaurant where I had probably the most traditional Romanian meal there is: minced forcemeat (whatever that may be- tastes of mince) wrapped in cabbage, served with polenta (corn porridge) and garnished with fried cabbage
I met a Polish/English family at the viewing point and got chatting to them. We walked together back into town and I tagged along with their quest to locate 'one of the smallest (narrowest) streets in Europe. We found it. It was narrow. They had to catch the night train to Budapest, but before they left extended a standing invitation to Warsaw, which is always nice, and introduced me to some other randoms that they'd met and onto whom I swiftly transferred my limpet status. I had a few drinks with these before heading back to the hostel, I needed a good nights sleep since in the morning I planned to face... Castle Dracula!
*Did I mention that? The bikes full name is now Madelaine World Traveler. Mad Traveler, to her friends.**
**I may be going slightly blotto