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Recovery from Moldoveanu

September 2, 2012

The morning after climbing Moldoveanu we got up late, and went down to get breakfast. Famished from not having eaten a real meal in 36 hours, we were really hoping to get a good meal. Unfortunately only a tray of olives, cucumbers, tomatoes and Romanian cheese came to the table, and we were still starving. We drove down the switchbacks of the highway, and got to a gas station to have a snack.

Getting back on the road, we drove to Sibiu, a large city where the Saxons settled in Romania. The town is very German, and we wandered the streets and got some lunch.

Afterward we went to Sighişoara, where little baby Vlad the Impaler was born. It is also a Saxon town and very German.

Baby Vlad the Impaler was born in this house, now a cafe.

In the late afternoon we drove to Brașov, grabbed a kebab for 8 lei and went to bed.

The next morning we went to Bran Castle, the supposed castle that Vlad lived in. In reality he only may have visited Bran, which has turned into an obnoxious tourist trap. After Bran we went to Rașnov, another nearby castle.

We went back to Brașov for dinner.

The next day we went to Busteni, a town in the Bucegi Mountains. We took a lift up to the mountains, to a flat plane that gradually slopes up to a few the slopes of some peaks. We did a hike to Baba Mare, and took the lift back down.

A sketchy bolt in Bucegi Mountains.

We went back to the hotel and had dinner. Across from the hotel was a monastery, and from our room we could hear the monks’ rituals on Sunday evening.

The next morning we drove back to Bucharest and flew back to Prague.

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