A Weekend in Warsaw

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th June 2019

I’ve known my flatmate for nearly two years now and for the majority of that time she has been suggesting a trip to Poland – where she’s from. Finally, we picked a weekend to go with some other friends from work. We initially planned a trip to Krakow, which is not where she is from but is where her mother lives. However, inexplicably, flights doubled within the space of a week and so instead we booked a trip to Warsaw. We headed off on a evening flight from Stansted, set to return on Sunday. Continue reading “A Weekend in Warsaw”

A Guide to Bucharest’s Museums & Galleries

Bucharest is home to several museums and galleries and, during my six month stay in the city, I made it to five of them. My experience of each was a bit hit and miss and this was often due to the amount of information available in English. Most of the information on display at the Village Museum and the art galleries I frequented was in both Romanian and English but neither the National History Museum nor the Natural History Museum had this level of English translations, making them harder to appreciate. However, each museum and each gallery still contained an array of interesting and different exhibitions.

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Four of Bucharest’s Rooftops

I love a good rooftop. There’s something about having a drink up high that gives it more of a sense of occasion. Plus if it’s a well positioned rooftop you might even get some quite nice views. Thankfully, Bucharest is not short of rooftop bars and cafes and during my six month stay in the city, I discovered four of them.

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Living in Bucharest: Weeks 16-24 (Part Three)

Monday 18th June – Saturday 25th August 2018

Due to things getting pretty busy in Bucharest, I got quite behind with my posts for the last few months of my stay. So instead of weekly journal entries, here instead is a (not so) quick run through of my activities over the last weeks of my time in Bucharest.

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Living in Bucharest: Weeks 16-24 (Part Two)

Monday 18th June – Saturday 25th August 2018

Due to things getting pretty busy in Bucharest, I got quite behind with my posts for the last few months of my stay. So instead of weekly journal entries, here instead is a (not so) quick run through of my activities over the last weeks of my time in Bucharest.

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Living in Bucharest: Weeks 16-24 (Part One)

Monday 18th June – Saturday 25th August 2018

Due to things getting pretty busy in Bucharest, I got quite behind with my posts for the last few months of my stay. So instead of weekly journal entries, here instead is a (not so) quick run through of my activities over the last weeks of my time in Bucharest.  Continue reading “Living in Bucharest: Weeks 16-24 (Part One)”

A Weekend in Budapest

Friday 15 June – Sunday 17 June 2018

When my friend and I both headed off to CEE to work for 6 months – her to Vienna, me to Bucharest – we immediately started chatting about the places we wanted to visit while we were over there. Once out there, I was surprised to find that travel around Eastern Europe from Bucharest wasn’t quite as easy as I’d imagined. It turns out flying from London to a lot of places in CEE isn’t that much more expensive and doesn’t take that much longer. If anything, several places are actually easier to get to from London. Thankfully, however, the first place on our CEE Bucket List was an easy flight from Bucharest: Budapest.

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Living in Bucharest: Week 15 – a trip to Sighisoara

Wednesday 6th June – Thursday 7th June 2018

I arrived in Sighisoara with my adopted travel buddy – quite literally hot off the bus – mid-afternoon. It had been a  2 hour journey from Sibiu in a mini bus so, safe to say, I was happy we had arrived. The sun was out (and Uber is not a thing in Sighisoara) so we walked the 15 minute walk from the bus station, passed the Sfânta Treime (Holy Trinity) church to Burg Hostel – picked because it seemed to be the only hostel in Sighisoara. I had thought a 15 minute walk didn’t sound too bad but lugging my bag uphill to get to the citadel turned out not to be much fun.

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Living in Bucharest: Week 15 – a trip to Sibiu

Sunday 3rd June – Wednesday 6th June 2018

The 2.5 train hour journey from Brasov didn’t feel too long at all, particularly when you factor in napping time. I walked to my hostel with the new travel buddy I’d picked up in my last hostel, while the houses watched us as we went passed – many of the houses have little windows in the roof that look like eyes watching you. It’s a little bit creepy but this is Transylvania. Continue reading “Living in Bucharest: Week 15 – a trip to Sibiu”

Living in Bucharest: Week 14 – a trip to Brasov, Bran and Sinaia

Friday 1st June – Sunday 3rd June 2018

When I first moved to Bucharest, I felt like I would have all the time in the world to explore the country. Six months sounded like a long time – I had many weekends at my disposal where I could explore until my heart’s content. However, it wasn’t long before those weekends filled up. Funny how, when you can offer free accommodation abroad and access to an amazing, cheap spa, you suddenly have lots of friends wanting to come and see you. Continue reading “Living in Bucharest: Week 14 – a trip to Brasov, Bran and Sinaia”