So does anybody know how long (timewise here) it would take to get from one place to the other?
An hour? 6 hours? A day?
also - moscowmetr, about STDs etc...
I know this makes me seem like a petty upper middle class shit, but to what degree should I be worrying about health while in romania?
Would my only problem be if I have random sex with a bunch of romanian prostitutes, or do I need to worry at all about non sexually transmitted disease and so on?
Is it a matter of the area?
Heh.. sorry to sound paranoid, I just don't like the idea of catching something nasty and infecting my girlfriend when I get back home...
It would be fun convincing her it wasn't from some random prostitute...
NO i disagree with MoscowMETER,
If more people start knowing about Eastern Euro then the East WILL end up like the West - crowded Everything and everything expensive. keep it a little less like Paris and we can still afford to travel in the east.
jeff - you're mostly right but Romania is a pretty particular case. Sadly, not even most of the Romanians know nor respect the beauties in their land. It hurts when you hike a mountain trail and find trash from other travelers. It hurts when you go to a hotel and the employees even though they take your money, treat you as hell and offer you crappy services. Romania is an amazing country, but the romanians still need to learn some more about civilization about respecting their traditions and their lands. And strangely enough, it seems that they're learning these things mostly from the foreign travelers. It's funny to see groups of Germans picking up the garbage left behind by locals, on the mountains. And also to see that foreigners are respecting more your traditions. It gives you something to think about.
One of the starting points for 'the Spirit of Romania' project (built to brand Romania as one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Europe - I won't give any website names, for the sake of advertising on this forum was the story of a German biologist that created in the Piatra Craiului Mountains, near the Zarnesti village (where Cold Mountain was shot - if you saw the movie) one of the largest wolf natural reservations in the world. It took a German to do that, a Romanian couldn't do it...
I sure hope you understand my frustrations now, and my belief that tourism can only be good for some of the Eastern Europe countries.
I had a wonderful time in Romania. From what I remember of it (I was 8) it was extremely hot and the people were lovely and things were very cheap-Oooooh kebabs mmmmmmmm. They were so poor there that the waitress in the hotel restaurant was so ovewhelmed and nearly in tears at the fact that we'd given her our left over shampoo and conditioners along with some Nescafe.xx
Well, that happened probably right after '89. In most of the countries where communism ruled (including here the Eastern Germany and Romania's neighbours) the situation was somehow similar. The people were poor, the western europeans and the americans were saw as some kind of Gods because of their money and feeedom and so on. Meanwhile, since '94-'95 things changed quite a lot. I won't get into details, but let's just say that it will take much more than a shampoo to please a waitress
P.S. The kebabs and the shawarmas are getting better and better each day (or should I say larger ) They're somehow managing to take out the "junk" from junk food.