Roaming through Romania

Finally made it to Romania, which is the last EU country that has been on my checklist for awhile now. I will be participating in the Angloville programme where native speakers of English have the opportunity to go, for free, to a resort where we spend one week speaking English and doing various activities in English with Romanian participants who pay for themselves and us to come up and speak to them, as normally in their every day lives they receive no other English practice. I did several of these programs in Poland when I lived there last year and it was a great experience, so now I am taking the opportunity to do one in Romania.

I left Croatia, spent two days in Budapest before taking the Flixbus to Timisoara, Romania. Timisoara was a nice, albeit small little city. I was very happy they had a Starbucks, my go-to place for consistent coffee I know I will like but most importantly, the free wifi. The weather has unfortunately been deplorable ever since I have arrived which is kind of putting a damper on my mood as I think I have a touch of illness from the change in weather going from super hot to now chilly and rainy. I have no jacket and no shoes really good for rain. Thankfully by next week summer heat is expected to return.

I spent most of my time in Timisoara trying to figure out a way to get to Brasov.  Brasov is about 6 hours from Timisoara by car however the bus system and the train system here is terrible.  The fastest train takes 11 hours. The trains are slow and stop in every major city. The bus takes about the same time, yet isn’t as comfortable.  I went to the the tourist information center in Timisoara  and the main agent told me, “That’s why I never travel anywhere in Romania!”  Ha, coming from a Romanian, that’s certainly saying a lot! Anyway, I bit the bullet and purchased the train ticket.

Highlights of Timisoara.  Definitely Tucano Coffee which was an amazing coffee shop, comfortable, great bagels and consistent wifi, colorful interior… I actually liked it better than Starbucks!  They also had oddly flavored coffees like starbucks, even a popcorn latte!  I didn’t try it, but still I like them thinking outside of the box like that.

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It’s frustrating to me how in local coffee shops you can only order EXACTLY the same types of coffee, cappucino, espresso, cafe late, americano, wash, rinse repeat. No one tries anything different or funky. I prefer Starbucks and Tucano Coffee type places because they keep the old staples there but regularly change their menus according to the season. Variety is the stuff of life.

Another place about Timisoara definitely worth mentioning is their cat cafe. Anyone who knows me will know I’m a super cat lover, and some friends of mine gave me the opportunity to go to a cat cafe and we did….  La Pisci Cafe

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They have like 30 cats, mostly kittens, where one can go play with, pet, and adopt. These cats roam all over the cafe or out in the garden as well. One can enjoy board games, coffee, tea, and other drinks here as well. Most of the little buggers were asleep, as pictured above. They were simply so cute though.  There is no fee to enter, but you can leave a donation if you wish.

What else about Timisoara…. not too much to speak of. I’m not a huge fan of taking pictures of cathedrals, fountains, and other historical places…. I never remember the names and there are literally more beautiful churches in Europe than there is tea in China (it seems like it) and I always get them mixed up, so I no longer bother.  I prefer to write about more off the beaten path stuff that I think my readers would rather hear about and I find interesting, quirky or fun in some way.

I am in Brasov now, and yes I did go to see Dracula’s castle, but that’s a story for another post.

Feel free to leave a comment… good, bad, or indifferent, I read them all. And if you’re from one of the countries I visit and wish to educate me about why certain things are the way they are in one country or another, please feel free to do so.  I may rant about a lot of things that I don’t like or understand, so feel free to check and correct me if you think I need it. 😀

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