Riding in Romania – Balkans trip anecdotes and photos

This blog mainly concentrates on providing information that will help in living or travelling in Malaysia.  However, I do blog a little about trips abroad.  On my recent trip to the Balkans I’ll do a series of short blogs providing one anecdote per country, and then a few assorted photos of the country unrelated to the anecdote.

Romania Buddy Bear

Romania Buddy Bear

I started my trip in Romania.  In late September there was a couchsurfing event in Timisoara, Romania.  On the last full day of the event one of the Romanian CS members organised bicycles for us, and we rode along the bike path by the river for about an hour to a cafe on the river bank for lunch.  And then later back.  This also fulfilled one of my aims of my trip, to do a little cycling.  It was really fun.

gathering at the riverside cafe before cycling

gathering at the riverside cafe before cycling

 

cycling out of town

cycling out of town

 

on the bridge where the bike path changes sides from one bank to the other

on the bridge where the bike path changes sides from one bank to the other

 

cafe by the river

cafe by the river

 

cafe by the river

cafe by the river

 

cafe by the river

cafe by the river

 

cafe by the river

cafe by the river

 

returning to the city

returning to the city

 

returning to the city

returning to the city

AND SOME ASSORTED PHOTOS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF ROMANIA

Constanta, Romania - a club for senior men. So typical of the image of older European men - dresses in suits or similar, perhaps wearing a cap, and sitting with one or two others happily chatting

Constanta, Romania – a club for senior men. So typical of the image of older European men – dressed in suits or similar, perhaps wearing a cap, and sitting with one or two others on a bench happily chatting – or here in their club

 

The hotel I stayed in on my first night in Romania - Constanta on the Black Sea

The hotel I stayed in on my first night in Romania – Constanta on the Black Sea

 

Varma Veche - a resort on the Black Sea

Varma Veche – a resort on the Black Sea

 

Varma Veche - a resort on the Black Sea

Varma Veche – a resort on the Black Sea

 

Varma Veche

Varma Veche

 

sunset at Varma Veche

sunset at Varma Veche

a local train back to Constanta

a local train back to Constanta

 

a typical station - the station employee (right side in shadow of photo) standing at attention as the train leaves. I felt kind of honoured

a typical station – the station employee (right side of photo) standing at attention as the train leaves. They always do this.  I felt kind of honoured.

 

a tram in Bucharest

a tram in Bucharest

 

Parliament House in Bucharest

Parliament House in Bucharest

 

a first class slepper compartment on the night train from Bucharest to Chisinau, Moldova

a first class sleeper compartment on the night train from Bucharest to Chisinau, Moldova

 

early morning train from Brasov to Sighisoara

early morning train from Brasov to Sighisoara

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sighisoara

Sighisoara

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

a delicious Romanian stew

a delicious Romanian stew

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

 

Sibiu, Transylvania

Sibiu, Transylvania

 

Sibiu, Transylvania

Sibiu, Transylvania

 

Sibiu, Transylvania

Sibiu, Transylvania

 

Sibiu, Transylvania

Sibiu, Transylvania

 

Sibiu, Transylvania

Sibiu, Transylvania

 

Sibiu, Transylvania

Sibiu, Transylvania

 

western Romania countryside

western Romania countryside

 

Timisoara

Timisoara

 

Timisoara

Timisoara

 

Timisoara

Timisoara

 

Timisoara

Timisoara

 

Timisoara

Timisoara

 

Timisoara

Timisoara

 

In the very west, at the border with Serbia. Romanian border officials were very friendly.

In the very west, at the border with Serbia. Romanian border officials were very friendly.

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2 comments

    1. Hi Raluca. Yes, I had a great time in Romania. I hope I will return to see some more sometime in the future.

      And I spent more time in Timisoara than anywhere else in Romania, as I attended a couchsurfing event there. At the time there was a Hungarian festival in the centre of town, and we went to it, and the concert at night.

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