Friday, October 2, 2009

Brasov, Romania

Dana and the Black Church in the background
Dracula's Castle

From the roof of Dracula's Castle

It was a long train ride, 12 hours to be exact, plus a lost hour due to time change. But Ovidiu and his girlfriend Andrea were there to meet us when we arrived. We got to our room, changed, and then headed right back out the door to change money, and discover the city. We visited the black church (named because it almost burnt to the ground in 1600's). Walked around the city wall and some of the towers that are still intact (built in 1436). We did a coke taste test without knowing what they were saying, and sat at the main square and watched the water fountain while eating some gelato.

On Friday we took a half day trip to Bran, which is where Dracula's castle is. It was a very neat castle full of small staircases, fancy fireplaces in most of the rooms. We learned about the actual story of dracula, and found out many Romanian royalty actually lived in this castle. We did what the locals do, we sat around a cafe having a drink, and eating more gelato. We took it easy for the rest of the day, cooked some pasta, and got great travel advice from Ovidiu's mom. Now we are heading to the capital of Romania, Bucharest.

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