I got back from my last vacation before COS (Close of Service) about a week ago. My vacation started in Romania where I visited my friends from college, who are serving as PCVs in Romania. They came and saw Moldova and where I live last June, so I figured now it was my turn. 😉 I took the night bus from Chisinau to Bucharest and arrived in Bucharest around 6 in the morning, I waited a few hours and then took a train to their site which is about 2 hours away. There town has a population of 8,000, and even though that is half of what Riscani has, it seemed much more developed. My friend told me I would know her town by the large cement factory that I would pass on the train. She was correct. My friends who excellent hosts, we played Settlers of Catan and ate some delicious home-cooked food.
On the Saturday of my arrival we met up with their Italian friend who lived in the next town over and went to visit Sinaia and Peleș Castle about an hour away. Peleș Castle is in the Carpathian Mountains and was built in the late 19th century. We paid for a tour of all 3 levels and I was rather impressed with the interior. The exterior reminded me of the castle in Beauty and the Beast. After our tour we walked around Sinaia before catching the bus back to town. Sunday we had some delicious fajitas and walked around the town. And on Monday afternoon I caught a bus back to Bucharest so I could catch a night train to Serbia. (which I found out doesn’t actually exist anymore, that is another story).
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