Two Months In Brasov, Romania

by jpc_touring-bicycle

On March 10, 2015, I completed my 800+ kilometer bike tour throughout Poland, Ukraine and Romania. My last vacation spot (the walled metropolis of Brasov, Romania) could be my dwelling for the next two months. I rented a small, second-story studio residence within the heart of city for simply $400 USD per 30 days and rapidly started my new “life” within the metropolis.

The photograph above exhibits the Brasov, Romania skyline as I cycled into city on the tenth of March. The timber had been nonetheless brown and there was nonetheless loads of snow excessive up on the mountains above the town.

Under you may see the attractive little one-way avenue that I lived on throughout my time in Brasov – Strada Castelului.Watch the video under as I trip my bike across the block – one of the crucial lovely and fascinating elements of Brasov (in my view).


Strada Castelului

romanian red door

Inside the primary door main out to the road is an previous, chaotic little courtyard shared by the residents of my small residence block. Even after two complete months residing on this area, I’m nonetheless unsure what number of flats there are on this shared courtyard, or how many individuals name this place dwelling.

To get to my second-story residence, I’ve to stroll from the big door on the entrance of the courtyard, by a maze of automobiles, up a stone staircase, previous an previous lady (who appears like a dying chicken and by no means appears to return out of her dwelling), up one other picket staircase that curves to the proper, after which go contained in the entrance door of my small residence.

romanian courtyard from above

As soon as inside, I step into the kitchen space, which leads into each different a part of the small residence – the lavatory, the lounge/bed room, and even a small attic/storage space.


Most of my time in Brasov was spent within the workplace chair you see within the photograph under. With my desk arrange on the pc and the home windows large open, I might work on my numerous on-line companies whereas staring exterior – up the mountain on the massive white BRASOV signal which is situated on the hill excessive above the town.



The attic area, which is accessible from the kitchen, was an amazing place to retailer my bicycle and dangle my laundry.


The photograph under exhibits my view of the BRASOV signal from the home windows of my residence. Not unhealthy, proper?

The Brasov, Romania sign

On a number of events I hiked as much as the BRASOV signal and will look down on the town under. The 2 exterior home windows of my small AirBNB residence had been greater than seen from the signal – as had been a lot of the city’s different apparent landmarks.

Brasov Romania as seen from the BRasov sign

BRasov Romania skyline and mountain courtyard

Brasov Romania schoolyard

After only a week or two in Brasov, I used to be visited by my associates Mike and Sophie, who’ve been driving round Europe in a self-converted camper van for the previous a number of months. I wrote a giant, lengthy article about their keep in Brasov already, so in the event you haven’t completed so already, make sure to click on right here and take a look at that article. I shot a ton of video with Mike and Sophie, and even created a brief video tour of their mobile-home, so make sure to examine that out!


After Mike and Sophie left, I began consuming salads like loopy. Virtually every single day I might put together a giant, lovely salad utilizing the native components I might so simply discover right here in Brasov. I’m a horrible cook dinner, however salads are straightforward sufficient, and so they’re good for you additionally!

a bowl of salad, pasta, bread and a cup of water

So, I ate tons of salads, grabbed pizzas and soup for a lot of dinners at native eating places, after which cooked rice and veggies in my kitchen on many events. Toast, tea, yogurt and muesli had been additionally frequent meals throughout my time in Brasov, Romania.

romanian salad with carrots, avocado, cucumber, lettuce

One of many many issues I like about Brasov is that the close by ski resort city of Poiana Brasov is so shut and simple to get to. You may actually simply stroll there (on a mountaineering path), which I did on a number of events. Or you may take a bus from the primary bus station and be in Poiana only a few minutes later (for simply over $1 USD). As soon as in Poiana Brasov, I’d normally purchase an ice cream from one of many native distributors after which hike again down the mountain to my residence in central Brasov on one of many many accessible trails.

brasov romania antique street sign

yellow brasov romania building

poiana brasov romania

hiking trail in brasov romania

One other factor I spent plenty of time doing in Brasov whereas I used to be there… was paragliding! Like throughout my earlier journey to Brasov in 2012, I made a decision to proceed my paragliding training this time round. My teacher (Robert Gyorgy of took me below his wing, rapidly introduced me again in control, and allowed me to fly dozens of instances, by myself, from the massive hill on the close by Bunloc paragliding website.

Watch the video under to see a video of me flying a paraglider, by myself, within the mountains of Romania.

For probably the most half, paragliding was plenty of enjoyable. There was at some point, nevertheless, once I carried out a very unhealthy take-off, was lifted excessive into the air, after which slammed again down into the rocky floor beneath me. Watch the video under to see the accident earlier than your very eyes.

I used to be capable of stand up proper after the crash and fly down the mountain a couple of minutes later. However as soon as my toes hit the bottom and actuality started to set in, I knew that there was one thing fallacious with my physique. My sternum, chest and ribs had been all terribly sore… and so they solely acquired worse as the times went on. I might barely breathe with out there being any extreme ache… and sleeping at night time was nearly unimaginable. The ache lasted for 2 complete weeks earlier than it largely went away.

It has been nearly a month for the reason that accident now and I nonetheless have a small quantity of ache emanating from one of many ribs on my right-hand aspect. I’ve a sense I broke that specific rib through the accident, however I haven’t had anybody have a look at it, so I’m probably not positive. I really feel usually okay although now, so I’m simply going to suck it up and proceed.

Every week or so after my paragliding accident, I met a younger man named James from the Channel Islands within the UK. He’s a younger adventurer who just lately set a world report with three of his associates by being the quickest males to row a ship round the UK. He was in Romania, touring, only for the enjoyable of it, and like me, thought that studying to paraglide could be a enjoyable factor to do. We spent a few week collectively flying within the mountains of Romania and studying primary paragliding ground-handling methods. Exterior of our para-glider coaching, James and I went on a number of lengthy hikes collectively and even went out to dinner occasionally.

James Plumley paragliding in Brasov Romania

Romanian sunset

Throughout my final couple weeks in Brasov I used to be actually capable of enhance my paragliding expertise. I went from desirous to give up solely (after the accident), to having enjoyable and feeling pretty snug within the air in only a quick time frame (regardless of nearly crashing into the timber on two different flights. Eek!).

A lot of my time in Brasov was spent on the laptop (engaged on and my different numerous on-line tasks). I created a bunch of latest movies for the Bicycle Touring Professional YouTube Channel… and I spent a substantial amount of time simply strolling across the metropolis, taking within the lovely structure, and watching the native folks.

Brasov Romania as seen from Apeductul Christian Kertsch

BRasov Romania green building architecture


brasov romania center square and black church

Curtea Honterus

Pia?a Sfatului brasov romania

Strada Republicii

pedestrian street in brasov, romania

young attractive romanian woman

romania couple walking in brasov, romania

fat woman with bad red hair

young couple and friends smiling together

older romanian businessmen

walking young tourists in romania

thirty year old people walking with friends in brasov romania

Throughout certainly one of my final weekends within the metropolis, I joined a gaggle of native cyclists for the month-to-month vital mass bike trip across the metropolis. This can be a sluggish, stress-free bike trip across the metropolis wherein youngsters, youngsters and adults of each skill-set and dimension come out to circle the streets of the town on their bicycles. It’s an effective way to see the town and a good higher strategy to meet the native folks.

Brasov, Romania is actually one of the crucial lovely locations I’ve been on the earth. It’s a comparatively small metropolis, however it doesn’t really feel small. It’s simply the proper dimension in my view. There’s a lot to see and do in Brasov.  You received’t simply get bored. And there are tons of enjoyable, fascinating and exquisite issues to see exterior the town – only a quick distance away.

Black and white streets of Romania

scary european cities

back side of the black church in brasov romania

brasov's black church at night

Right here’s a comic story to wrap up this put up: A number of weeks earlier than I got here to Romania I purchased a hair trimmer in Poland. I used the trimmer to shave my head whereas I used to be in Poznan after which hung onto it, carrying it in my panniers throughout my bike trip to Brasov, with the plan of utilizing that trimmer to chop my hair once more as soon as I arrived at my rented residence within the metropolis.

Sadly, about half-way by chopping my hair once more, the trimmer immediately stopped. The entrance half of my head was shaved nearly utterly bald, and the again half was nonetheless 4+ inches lengthy. I couldn’t imagine it!

My two choices had been this: 1) I am going to a neighborhood hair salon and clarify what had occurred. They’d in all probability chortle their asses off once I confirmed them my head, however for only a few {dollars} my downside could be solved. Or 2) I might placed on my hat and try to cowl my head as a lot as potential, discover a new hair trimmer someplace within the metropolis, purchase it, after which end the job of chopping my hair.

I made a decision to go for the second choice. I cycled all the way in which throughout the town, protecting my head as finest I might through the journey, went inside a big electronics retailer and purchased a brand new hair trimmer. Standing within the crowded checkout line was a nightmare. The person behind me was standing so extremely near me and I used to be positive that he and everybody else in line was my head. haha! With the hair trimmer in hand, I cycled dwelling and completed the job. My head is shaved now and I’m prepared for my 3+ month-long bike tour throughout Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. My hair trimming fiasco was a humorous little strategy to finish my time BRASOV, ROMANIA – certainly one of my favourite cities in your complete world.

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