|We got to Bucharest at 6am but then I find out that Romania is an hour ahead so it's really 7am. As soon as I got off the train someone came up to me trying to give me a room. I said no and that I was leaving for Brasov. Another guy came up to when I was trying to find out where you buy a seat reservation as I only had a ticket. He was telling me that there were no more trains to Brasov until 11am and that he had a bus going there in half an hour. He was really pushy. I walked away. Found the board with train times and ya there was a train to Brasov like every half hour.
While waiting for the train I saw some drunk gypsy's getting pushed around by some police. Kind of scary. Bucharest's train station sure didn't make me want to stay there! I hopped on my train and stayed standing not sure where to sit. A young guy came up to me selling something and then showed me where I could sit and then tried to get me to buy a magazine. I kept saying no and he kept insisting that since he helpeg me that I should help him. He only had one english language magazine, National Geopgraphic. I only had euros. I gave him 5 which is really generous! And he complained saying the magazine was 10! The nerve!!! By the way the magazine wasn't even a new one, it was from 1986.
Got off the train in Brasov and got approached by an older guy asking if I needed a room. I told him I already had something and he asked me where. He seemed like a really nice guy and was trying to help me get there. He knew the place I was staying and I said that I would take a taxi there as pickpocketers were really bad on the buses there. Well I though he was showing me the way to the taxi's but he took me to his car. I know what you all are thinking! He drove me to my hostel but he did ask for the same amount of money a cab would have cost. He came into the hostel with me and made sure I knew that he wasn't overcharging me. Nice.
After leaving my bags I walked into the town center and found the black church. It's called that because it is all black from a fire. Got to a bank. Romanian money is all plastic!!! Cool. Had some breakfast at a cafe in the square and people watched. It seemed like the whole town was in the square for something.
Brasov has a hollywood sign saying "Brasov" up in the hill and you can hike up to it so thats exactly what I did. It was about an hour hike up through the trees but the view from up there was amazing. I hiked back down and back to the hostel. Met 2 canadian guys and an american girl and we spent the night chatting away.