Category 'Romania'

Six Satisfactory Cities

Everyone’s always waxing lyrical about the cities they love, or dishing the dirt on places they deemed to be despicable dumps. Yet, people don’t often talk about the places they go to that don’t really provoke a strong reaction in them. I mean, it makes sense, really. Why go on and on about a place that elicits a shoulder shrug when you’re asked about it? There’s no reason to.   Anyhow, I got to thinking about the places I’ve been…
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Don’t Listen To The Stereotypes, La

Every nationality in the world has stereotypes attached to them. Americans? Loud, uneducated, obnoxious. The French? Rude, and will refuse to speak English. The Chinese? No concept of personal space, will shout if they’re mere inches from your face. The British? Cold and standoffish. Folks from Burkina Faso? I have no idea, but there are probably stereotypes that exist from the Burkinabe in neighbouring nations.   They say there’s no smoke without fire, and stereotypes sometimes contain an element of…
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Balkan-ines: The Dogs Of Eastern Europe

If you were to turn on my laptop right now and take a snoop around, you’d probably come to the conclusion that I’m organised to the point of being slightly obsessive. I normally write blog posts way in advance, so the fact that I’m typing this the day before I intend to publish it is causing me to hyperventilate slightly. I have a good excuse, though: one of my best friends, Chevelle, has been visiting me for the past…
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My Thirteen Favourite Things Of 2013

With just two days of the year remaining, it’s only fitting that I do one of those 2013 wrap-up kind of posts. I thought for a while about what to write: favourite places I’ve travelled to? Too generic maybe, and I’ve covered a lot of my favourite places in previous posts like this one. I could round up my favourite travel blogs like Adventurous Kate did (I’m totally on the list, by the way), but I did that at the…
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The Places That Surprised Me In 2013

It’s mid-late October. Year-end wrap up posts are slowly starting to trickle through and will no doubt be clogging up your various news feeds until January arrives. “But wait!” I hear you cry, “the year isn’t even over yet?!?” True true, dear friend, but I have no further travel plans until January, well not to anywhere new at least, so I’m starting early and getting one of my wrap-up posts done in advance. Hey, what can I say, I plan…
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Discovering Romanian Food, Or Pass The Polenta

Romanian food isn’t exactly known on the world stage. I’ve never seen a restaurant in a country outside Romania describe itself as Romanian, or advertise that they sell Romanian food. Even with all the international food I came across in New York, the closest I saw to anything Romanian was a restaurant describing itself as ‘Balkan’.   Before going to Romania, I didn’t want to have any expectations, so I did as little research as possible. The cities wowed
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Photos of Five Ravishing Romanian Cities

Romanian cities blew my mind with their beauty. Not as much as Montreal, and not as much as San Francisco. I mean, those cities are full-on drop dead gorgeous. Romania still has its fugly…I mean, err, rustic…communist-era apartment blocks lining the streets of every city, fresh for weary travellers to see and recoil at after hours spent on a bus or a train to reach their destination.   The communist-era rusticity is necessary for the time being…
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Things That Surprised Me About Romania

When I was in the throes of planning my summer trip in Europe, there was one country that I knew I wanted to dedicate more time to than the rest: Romania. In fact, my rushing through Slovakia, Austria and Hungary, and only visiting their capitals, was mainly due to the fact that I wanted as much time in Romania as possible. So, with plans to spend ten days in Romania – and none in its capital, Bucharest – I…
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Go. Eat. Weep: Pork Paradise at Sergiana’s, Brasov

After casually tweeting that my current location was Brasov, in Romania, Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps tweeted back at me, excitedly babbling about pork. Naturally, I pricked up my ears, and remembered reading a post by Lauren where she wrote of pork so divine that it made her weep. I’ve always thought of Lauren as a kindred blogging spirit, despite her recent revelation that, unlike me, she actually enjoys hiking, and so ventured out to Sergiana’s, the…
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That’s Soup-er! Eastern European Soups

Eastern European soups are a varied bunch, and you’ll no doubt stumble upon them when travelling on a budget in the likes of Romania and Moldova. They’re friendly on the wallet, fill up the tummy, and occasionally throw up some surprise ingredients.   Soup isn’t something that crops up often in Foodporn Friday posts, but I’ve found myself scouring menus and canteens here to see what weird, wonderful and delicious eastern European soups I can find – way better…
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