The past few days we’ve been staying at an expat’s house in the village at the bottom of the mountain, after we gave up trying to drive up in the snow. We hitched into town to buy a smaller tent; we managed to ask the driver to drive us straight to the shop, wait, and drive us back … Continue reading Next country, Bulgaria!
We finally made it to the bear sanctuary! It was well worth the wait; we saw over 30 rescued bears up close, as well as some wolves. Feeding time was the best bit – one was seemingly vegetarian and rolled around enjoying the fruit. We’re now packing up our stuff to leave tomorrow – possibly going … Continue reading The Bears
Since our last post we’ve been working at Arabella’s (our HelpX host), painting her new attic room, chopping wood, sorting out the garden and watching Greg build a bathroom. It’s snowing again, and these past couple of days have been spent trying to get the car up and down the icy mountain road into town. … Continue reading Magura
Today our host’s friend and full-time house builder an friend Greg picked us up from Zarnesti to drive to her house in Magura, a nearby village up in the wilds. We left our bikes with the lovely woman at the hotel as the snow’s very deep and Greg had a car. (They have constant CCTV and locked … Continue reading Arabella’s (and Greg)
Arrived at Zarnesti today – finally in the wilds! We had a beautiful train journey today through the mountains outside Brasov this morning, feeling like Jack Kerouac, sitting in the carriage doorway with the guard looking out over the snow. Our hotel for the night is like a tiny Swiss chalet; we went out for … Continue reading Zarnesti
Back from our snowy walk! We went into the old part of Brasov and wandered round the beautiful square eating chocolate crepes looking at the old buildings and cathedral. The mountain (called Tampa) looked a bit steep, so we took the cable car up and had a frosty walk along the top in the snowy … Continue reading Up the Brasov Mountain
First day of snow yesterday! We left the hotel at 5:30am, pushing our bikes to the train station and over the tracks in a flurry of snowflakes. We just made it to the train – which had bullet holes in the windows, patched up with Sellotape. Everywhere we passed appeared abandoned, but there were loads of … Continue reading 5am Snow and Wild Dogs