The rain came, I packed my backpack, boarded a grimy, rickety old train and travelled to Brasov, another medieval city that winds its way through a valley boarded by steep, forested mountain slopes. There I spent some days going on walks (they don’t really count as strenuous hikes if I wear sneakers) with my cs host. The first day we walked (me huffing and puffing) up a steep slope behind the old city to the Brasov sign high above the city with a great view of the Lego-like life below. The next day we took an meandering walk up through the forest to a ski resort town and back again to the viewpoint where we ate the last of our Hungarian snack and had a small nap.
My stay in Brasov was also a chance to visit with a new friend. I met Scott, an American travelling man, during that language programme I joined in Poland. He was on his way to Bucharest to start a job at a hostel and had some time to join me for a small holiday. We enjoyed a few days wandering around town drinking beer and eating popcorn and a day hitching around the area to visit some sights: the fortress above Rasnov and Peles Castle in creepy Sinai.
Peles Castle. Of all the touristic sights I’ve visited, this castle impressed me and perfectly illustrated the idea of spooky and elegant buildings in Transylvania. Our hitching day had been successful until the last leg back to Brasov. So we took the train for 6 lieu (R12). Train travel in Romania may be slow but it sure is cheap.
Very exciting! In Sinai we visited a great wine shop selling bottles from most of the wine making regions around the world. This bottle of tasty delicious Simonsig Chenin Blanc, drunk with a friend on the couch with our feet up, was a very good ending to a very good day!