Wednesday 3 October 2012 - Wednesday 3 October 2012
We have our tickets in hand, but have no idea where and which train to catch. Our tickets (hand written) just have our final destination on them, with no indication of the route we have to take to get there (train, bus, train - but from where to where?). After asking various people we somewhat have an idea what we're supposed to do. Made it early to the third train station to start our journey to Romania. Got onto the first train, hoping it was the right one, which it was, and headed on. Actually it was pretty straight forward as all the next connections turned out ok. Seems you have to take a bus over the border to Romania (hence the train, bus, train). It was a pretty long day of travel and got there late afternoon. Met a nice couple from Minnesota who just arrived and also had the same problem with the confusing tickets. They could not access any money so when we got there we paid for the taxi to their hotel. This was good for us as we didn't know where we were staying, but now did. It appears they were staying at the Hotel Transylvania, named rightly so because Cluj Napoca is in Transylvania. Very nice hotel, finally had a bathtub for Linda to soak in (first one of the trip). Our american friends bought us some beers for our kindness - they were able to exchange some other currency they had. It was the last time we talked to them, hopefully they are not stuck there with no access to money. Explored the city a bit and came back for a nice dinner at our hotel. We booked a rental car for the the next three days to do some exploring on our own. Looking forward to a more civilized form of transportation and checking our the Romanian countryside.