Surpises in Sibiu

…continued. 28th November 2016 To get to Budapest, we had to change in Sibiu. We decided to head to the centre to kill a little time. The taxi driver didn’t understand “centre” so I pointed at a random street in the middle of the map and off we went. It was bitterly cold and we…

Salve in Sighisoara

…continued. 28th November 2016 So we arrived into Sighisoara, passing the orderly rows of Saxonesque houses, emerging from the terrifyingly dark and steep mountain roads, at almost eleven o’clock at night. It seemed eerily quiet and a little spooky walking from the station. The fact that this was Dracula’s hometown – and the bats circling…

Broken in Brasov

28th November 2016 …continued. We woke up in Bucharest feeling worse for wear and hopped in a taxi to the station. We managed to miss the first train but that at least gave us plenty of time (three hours..) to get some food. The station offered a number of options and we found shelter from…

Boozing in Bucharest

24th – 27th November 2016 I arrived in the last hours of daylight, in the late afternoon. Originally we were going to take a trip through the Baltics but somehow we pulled Romania out of nowhere.  I had few preconceptions about Romania. I knew it only as an ex-Soviet country. In preparation, I read Along the…

Birthday Celebrations

5th November 2016 For the third year in a row, I celebrated my birthday in Granada. The first year I was living there, up in the Albaicín, the old town. The crowded, white-clad houses and their cobbled streets sit on their hill looking out to their protector, the Alhambra palaces.  Later, the town became the…

Ghosts of Seasons Past

I thought I’d try to get this in while it’s still kind of relevant. A little festive romp through Europe.  * December 2014 ‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas eve and my two Irish friends descended upon London. We crashed my mum’s “work party” (cocktails with her only employee, my stepdad) and went…