Written in English & in my development languages: German, Afrikaans and Welsh.

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Sighisoara

Last week, I returned from a fabulous short trip travelling around the region of Transylvania in Romania. I wasn’t sure what to expect seen as I didn’t know anyone who had already been there, but I was pleasantly surprised, so much so that Romania has become one of my favourite countries in Europe and I can’t wait to go back.

Several months before my trip, I took some Romanian lessons on skype with Oana through the website Italki.com. I didn’t have enough time to learn the language in depth but I made sure I learned the basics I would need for my trip. I then put all the essential vocabulary into a Google Sheet which I could then access on the app on my phone while I was there. I ensured I knew the basic verbs that I would be using most often, numbers for buying things, relevant food vocabulary and phrases I would need if I had communication difficulties. Fortunately I speak several other Latin languages well, so I actually understood a lot more than I thought I would, especially because of my knowledge of Italian and Sicilian. Seen as I want to return, I think it would be worth more time and effort to learn the language more in depth before my next visit.

To get to Romania, I took a flight via Frankfurt which meant I got to practise my German too in the airport, especially because I got lost and needed help!

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Bran Castle

The trip I went on was a group tour of Transylvania. There were 16 people in my tour group and we travelled on a minibus. We arrived in Bucharest and we spent just one night there. The next day, we began our trip into Transylvania. First, we went to Snagov Monastery where they say that Dracula is buried.

Next, we went to Bran Castle. Bran Castle is also known as “Dracula’s Castle”. We went inside and my favourite part of the castle was “The Secret Staircase”.

On the other days, we went to Brasov and Sighisoara. They are medieval towns in Transylvania. They are very beautiful with colourful buildings. I think they are similar to Prague but without mass tourism.

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Poenari Fortress, 1400 steps to the top!

We visited another castle but there were more than 1400 steps.  I could not go up the steps because I had fallen and hurt my knee. I had to wait for the others in the cafe.

On the last day, we had a walking tour in Bucharest. Bucharest was very cheap and we could eat in the best restaurants. I want to go back to Romania. Perhaps next time I’ll stay in the Ice Hotel. That is the only affordable Ice Hotel in the world (for my budget!).

German:

Letzte Woche, war ich in Rumänien. Ich musste meinen Flug in Frankfurt wechseln und deshalb konnte ich am Flughafen Deutsch üben, besonders weil ich verloren war.

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View from the hotel in Bucharest.

Ich habe eine 4-tägige Gruppenreise gemacht. Es gab 16 Leute in meiner Gruppe und wir sind in einem Kleinbus gereist. Wir sind nach Bucharest angekommen und wir hatten nur eine Nacht in Bucharest verbracht. Am nächsten Tag haben wir unsere Reise nach Transilvanien begonnen. Zuerst haben wir ein Kloster besucht. Das Kloster war im Dorf Snagov und die Leute sagten dass Dracula hier begraben wurde.

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Umbrella Sky in Bucharest

Als nächstes, sind wir nach Bran Schloss gegangen. Bran Schloss ist auch als “Das Schloss von Dracula” bekannt. Wir sind drinnen gegangen. Mein Lieblingsteil von dem Schloss war “Die Geheime Treppe”.

An den anderen Tagen, bin ich nach Brasov und Sighisoara gegangen. Sie sind mittelalterliche Städte in Transsilvanien. Sie sind sehr schön mit bunten Gebäuden. Ich denke, dass sie ähnlich zu Prag sind, aber ohne Massentourismus. 

Wir haben einen anderen Schloss besucht aber es gab mehr als 1400 Treppen. Ich konnte nicht die Treppe ansteigen,weil ich gefallen bin und mein Knie verletzt wurde. Ich musste auf die anderen im Cafe warten.

Am letzten Tag haben wir einen Walking tour in Bucharest gemacht. Bucharest war sehr billig und wir konnten in den besten Restaurants essen. Ich will nach Rumänien zuruckgehen. Vielleicht nächstes Mal bleibe ich im Eishotel. Das ist das einzige erschwingliche Eishotel in der Welt.

Afrikaans:

Verlede week, was ek in Roemenie. Ek moes my vlug in Frankfurt verander en daarom, kon ek in die lughawe my Duits oefen, veral omdat ek verlore was.

Ek het 4 dae met ‘n toergroep gedoen. Daar was 16 mense in my groep en ons het in ‘n klein bus gereis. Ons het in Bucharest angekom en ons het net een nag in Bucharest gebly. Die volgende dag, het ons reis na Transylvania begin. Eerste, het ons ‘n klooster besoek. Die klooster was in die dorpie Snagov en die mense het gesê dat Dracula hier begrawe is.

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Under the Clock Tower, Sighisoara

Die volgende oggend, het ons na Brans Kasteel gegaan. Bran Kasteel is ook as Dracula se Kasteel bekend. Ons het binne gegaan. My gunsteling deel van die kasteel was “Die Geheime Trap”.

Die ander dae, het ek na Brasov en Sighisoara gegaan. Hulle is middeleeuse dorpe in Transylvania. Hulle is baie pragtig met kleurvolle geboue. Ek dink dat hulle soortgelyk is aan Praag sonder massatoerisme.

Ons het ‘n ander kasteel besoek maar daar was meer as 1400 trappe. Ek kon nie op die trappe gaan nie want ek het geval en my knie beseer. Ek moes vir die ander in die kafee wag.

Op die laaste dag, het ons in Bucharest ‘n stap toer gedoen. Bucharest was baie goedkoop en ons kon in die beste restaurante eet. Ek wil na Roemenie terugkom. Miskien volgende keer, bly ek in die Ys-Hotel. Dit is die enigste bekostigbare ys hotel in die wereld.

Welsh:

Wythnos diwethaf, ro’n i yn Rwmania. Newidais i fy awyren yn Frankfurt a ymarfais i Almaeneg yn y maes awyr.

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Balea Glacial Lake

Wnes i taith grŵp am 4 diwrnod. Roedd 16 o bobl ar y daith a teithion ni mewn bysus bach. Cyrhaeddom ni yn Bucharest a cawsom dim ond un noson yn Bucharest. Diwrnod nesaf, dechreuodd ein taith i Transylvania. Yn gyntaf, ymwelom ni a mynachlog.  Roedd y mynachlog yn y pentref Snagov a dywedodd y bobl fod bedd Dracula yma.

Nesaf, aethon ni i Gastell Bran, a elwir hefyd yn Castell Dracula. Aethon ni y tu mewn. Fy hoff ran o’r castell oedd “Y Grisiau Cyfrinachol”

Ar y dyddiau eraill, es i i Brasov a Sighisoara. Maen nhw’n drefi canoloesol. Mae’n nhw’n hardd iawn gyda adeiladau lliwgar.  Dwi’n credu eu bod yn debyg i Prague ond heb lawer o dwristiaid.

Ymwelom ni a chastell arall ond roedd mwy na 1400 o risiau. Es i ddim fynd i fyny oherwydd syrthiais i a brifais fy ngliniau. Arhosais i yn y cafe.

Ar y diwrnod olaf, cerddais i yn Bucharest. Roedd Bucharest yn rhad iawn a wnes i fwyta yn y bwytai gorau. Dwi eisiau dychwelyd i Rwmania. Efallai y tro nesaf , dwi’n gallu aros yn y Gwesty Iâ. Dyna’r unig westy iâ fforddiadwy yn y byd. 

 

USEFUL LINKS 

I booked my flights independently using Skyscanner

I normally look for hotels or apartments using Booking.com as many of them do not require a prepayment and are flexible with regards to amendments and cancellations up until a few days before travel. By using my link, you will receive a 10% refund on your accommodation costs.

Another site I regularly use for hotels is Hotels.com. They also have many hotels offering flexible options. I once had to cancel a hotel at a non-refundable rate but they helped me obtain a refund as I needed urgent surgery and the hotel still had a week to rebook another customer. I have therefore been happy with their service.

For insurance, I have been using Flexicover to buy annual policies for over 10 years. In that time, I have had to claim twice for last minute illnesses resulting in cancellations and the service has been efficient. You can also arrange to pay extra and cover pre-existing conditions.

The company I travelled with is called Untravelled Paths and they offer several different itineraries in Romania.

To learn Romanian with a teacher on Skype, I recommend Italki.com .Once you’ve paid for your first lesson they give you $10 of vouchers to use on another one.

For self-study, I used the Complete Romanian Teach Yourself book.

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Me in the Făgăraș Mountains , Romania.