This will be our last entry from Eastern Europe for a little while. We will very shortly be heading back to our hostel to grab our bags and to go hop our train. From there, we will head back to Bucharest, catch a cab to the airport and begin the final stages of our return. Thankfully, we remembered to bring a deck of cards and three books a piece so we'll have something to entertain us until we can check our bags around 4 in the morning.
So yesterday, we caught up on our sleep. I think we may have actually slept a solid 12 hours. No joke. And then we got up, went and got some lunch, walked around the main square for a bit, and saw the Black Church. Apparently, it's called the Black Church because of some damage from a fire. I am here to tell you that it is NOT black. A little dirty looking, but definitely not black. That's okay though. Walking around the square there are plenty of stores to look into but since Romania isn't considered to be too much of a tourist hub, there's a limit to how much you can find. I think there may only be two or three souvenier shops that we have actually seen. I think we both agree when we say that while Bucharest is probably the least favorite spot we have been on our trip, that in no way reflects on Romania itself. Romania is beautiful and we have met some incredibly nice people here. Our hostess, Jo, has been wonderful everyday and she works so hard to make sure everyone's happy. You kind of just want to reach out and hug her because she's always running around so much.
After a little bit more of walking around, we decided to head back for a little bit to rest the limbs for the trek we are embarking on this afternoon. I decided to kick back and read one of the books that I had brought with me. Some guy was playing Incubus on his guitar and singing with it. His guitar skills were okay, the singing, not so great. We ended up putting our headphones on and due to lack of conversation, Jocelyn fell back asleep. About four hours later, I was almost finished and Jocelyn had rolled over and been reading her book for a little while. Once I finished my book, we headed upstairs and ate the last of the spaghetti that we had brought with us from Budapest. We took one last stroll around town, and hit up the grocery store with water on our minds...
And then I saw a TWO LITER bottle of beer... for $2.00 US dollars. I have to say, that is not something I have EVER seen before. Sometimes the prices here amaze us. A two liter bottle of water costs about $0.67 and then we can turn and have a mid-size meal at a chinese restaurant for $30 that would have cost $15-$20 in the states. Not sure where the discrepancy lies but seeing as we're leaving I guess it doesn't matter. Note to all of you thinking of coming here, if your hostel or hotel has a kitchen that you are able to use. USE IT. Go to the grocery store and get groceries and cook yourselves. Eating out in Romania is like eating out in the states and cooking is 1/3 the price.
Anyways, enough rambling. We are getting ready to head out now and we will update the site with pictures and videos when we are back sometime this week.
Hope you all have enjoyed!