It’s since march that I didn’t write here but a lot of things happened here, in our little Reşița or out.
We can maybe start by this travel in Maramureș, 10 days in this mythic region of North Romania, that has the reputation to be very authentic. And it’s right, with a very few number of industries, the wood work is present everywhere. The same for the agriculture, sometime helped by tractors, sometime there are horses who do the job.
A few passage in alba Iulia with Sarah, nadja, Lucia and viktor, Sibiu to pick up Lara in the airport,and Cluj where we met Michele and Marijuana. 2 nights In tent, some nights in hostels, until the end of our money, 1 night in couchsurfing, and you can believe me, sometime you just need an instinctive hospitality from the locals. It’s like this that we spent the orthodox Easter with a family half Romanian half Spanish, and shared with them food, bed, good mood and visit of Baia Mare, capitale of Maramureș.
When we said that we slept in tent to the people, they just looked us strangely, and said » but do you know that there are bears in this region? You are not afraid? »… Ok, I wrote it in my notebook, be careful when you want to do bivouac in Romania, ask to the locals before!
We saw during this laps of time the wonderful mountains of Maramureș, the cascada cailor, some monasteries and church’s tottaly built in wood, and the calm of this amazing and very rich nature.
A train is normally constitued of wagons to travel inside, and a locomotive to move the train, the motor. It’s sounds like a evidence no? But some trains are particulary differents of the normals one.
Anina – Oravița: A typical train, from the 19th century. 33kms of trainways at 15km/h , 2 hours and half of travel and a very particular experience, Let me tell you!
Imagine that you arrive in the Anina train station (40 minutes of auto-stop at the South of Reșița) with your band of friends. You wait, it’s sunny, the good mood is here, we’ll take this train that everybody told us.
And the train arrives. It gives me chills like when you already know it will be amazing. We get on the train.
The train is starting, very slowly, very noisy, full of history. Impessionnant… After a short pic-nic inside, we let this freedom enters in us. All the windows and the doors are opened. You can sit on the floor with the legs outside, did you tried it before? When we undestant that the train is really really slow, an idea is growing in our mind: Maybe we can run a bit out of the train! why not? an other experience you have to try 😉
We speak a bit with the controler, he tells us about the story of this train, shows us very olds pictures, he is working here since always. Outside the landscapes are beautiful. Old bridges, mountains, tunnels, blue sky and nature. I get out my harmonica of my pocket and play a bit.
I will stop to write a bit and dream again about this travel. Come to dream with me if you want 😉
Here the time spent very fast, is not easy to find time to chill. Like a lot of persons who said me this before, we can qualifiate the EVS experience like intense, or extreme sport.
I wanted to send some postcard to my Grand mother, she is 94 years old, and she would like to travel with me, but for this too, I had no time. I’ll do it later ok.
To resume in few time, every weeks we go at least in minimum 3-4 schools to play with them, share our hobbies, our passions, teach some English and others languages, and they teach us some Romanian language, it’s for me the best way to learn the culture of a country.
But the week-end is not far. Imagine that you’re in a new country, where you know nothing, the landscapes, the history, the different cities, the culture, the food, and a gand of amazing friends. Could you really think just 1 second to stay in your flat and do nothing else then watch the television? NO!!! impossible
Baile Herculane (2-3 of February 2019), the bath fail:
Let’s go in this thermal station, closed than the Serbia border, in train. The objective is to take a winter bath in the natural hot water, full of sulfur (and old eggs smell). After to arrive, take some beers and do the check-in in the Pension, the night is here, and time to go to the bath NOW! Fantastic idea. 1h of walk in the cold to discover that the water is cold… Ok, nice. Come back to the pension a bit disappointed. But we’re more strong than this and we decide to do a party, why not?
The wake up is not easy but we arrive to find the motivation to go for a walk in the city, and fortunately! This city is surprising, it’s an old Roman place, when they colonised this part of Romania. It’s for this we visited this old Roman building, abandoned baths, full of history:
Natural Park of Reșița (9-10 of February), walk in the nature:
The life during the week is intense too, this week end we decide to stay in Reșița, and just discover what we can do around this city. We have a natural park just at 15 minutes in car, a good occasion to take the fresh air with the friends.
Amazing! Who can imagine there’re cliffs and a big valley here? we’re not finished to be surprised by this country. A castle ruins, a perfect view on the river, a little wind, a smile.
BUDAPEST (14-17 of February), a Hungarian expedition:
Now it’s time to exit the Romania, in duo with Lara. Thursday we leave Reșița at 9 AM in auto-stop, with Mr Inch in my pocket. But, 1 question, for what I like auto-stop more and more every time?
Drivers are amazing, they’ll help us to arrive at 6 PM in Budapest, and Diego, the last driver will invite us to eat an Italian pizza, our first meal in Hungaria, a bit absurd but thanks him, we were really hungry 🙂
We tried for the 1st time the Couchsurfing, phone App to sleep in a flat of some local people, and it’s a very good way to travel. That proves that it exist very good people in the world. Try it, you will see!
2 Days to visit the city, it’s not enough, believe me:
Sunday, time to go home. After 5 hours to wait on the road side, we#ll never leave Budapest. we decide to give up and to come back to the bus station, and with our last money, we arrive to pay a bus to come back from Budapest at 11 PM to Timisoara. We arrive 5 AM the Monday morning, tired but smiling. An other crazy experience of the EVS Life. We just take a train at 7 AM to come back at home, and finally at 10 AM we’re in Reșița. Ok, We go to sleep now, adios.
The hiking season is stared!
Maybe you know this, but an EVS volunteer is not mega rich, and we can’t travel every time with an important budget. It’s for this we’ve got legs: to hike!!!
Every weeks we discover news places to explore, news marvellous landscapes and mysterious places. Exactly what I love! Let me tell you in pictures:
And an other walk, in the valley down of the cliffs that I talked before, near Carașova, 15 minutes in car of Reșița:
Yesterday we said that we wanted to walk this week-end with Sarah, 1 of my homemats. We did the plans, we decided of the place we have to go, and we took all the motivation as possible.
Today, time to go, it’s raining… OK, motived? Yeah, motived! But more closed than Reșița hein? OK, let’s go to Carașova in autostop. And we we were not disappointed:
Now you’ve a part of my EVS life in pictures, and remember that is only 2 months. Frumos! Ciao Ciao!
M. Inch is happy, he’s a great traveller, small but he doesn’t care about this.
M. Inch has 4 brothers and sisters, but he is alone on the roadside. He likes to wait, but not too much, and he likes when a car stops to talk a little with the driver, about everything.
Everybody can be interesting when your listen a bit.
M. Inch arrived in Romania in bus, because sometime he’s lazy. But this weekend he did his first excursion, alone, on the road again, he feels good, the wind in hairs…oh no, he hasn’t got hairs…he’s bald.
He is a bit lost, the culture is different here, the first driver asked money for the traject, but M. Inch has not, he has no pocket… The second driver is very nice and it’s a pleasure to listen him talk about this region.
When he arrived at Timișoara he visited a bit the center, but the best is to meet friends who did the road by train.
Just 1 beer later, it’s 6 AM, time flies!
We slept a bit, 4 hours at least, but is sufficient to pass a good day in my new country.
And finally Mr Inch is a bit tierd to do auto-stop for the come back, he will takes the train, slow train, very slow train. Oh! it’s an old French train! Romania has a lot of hidden mysteries …
30 hours of bus from France, 40kg of material in my backpack, tired bud glad to be here, with my new family for 1 year!!!
First step at Strasbourg, in France to meet Cécile, who is working with the association « Parcours le Monde« , my sending association in contact with Nebo Parudimos.
After big bus step I arrive in Reșița. Snow everywhere, mountains and crazy drivers.
Ok, the first week spent very fast, I’ll try to resume it:
My first day! And first school too. Children welcomed me very well, in climbing on me and they spoke a lot with me but I didn’t understand nothing, my Romanian is pretty bad 🙂
But don’t worry, i’ve my 1st Romanian course with Cornelia and the girls, I like it, I feel very good!
In the apartment we play and eat together, we listen music and I discovered the Black Mirror serie.
I’m tired, my bed it’s so comfortable, mmmh noapte bună…
Yoga session at the youth center and bank meeting to open a Romanian account, to put my first Lei on it. Money money! But it doesn’t work, we’ll see tomorrow.
Bank account is open, cool. Now go to the Traian Lalescu school with Esra, Sarah and Marcian, children are so kind! They want to play and to learn with us. They have to write some letter to send to a French school and they are very involved in this project.
I open this blog, it doesn’t work, cool.
Zumba with Lucas! Very good teacher but too hard for me, I prefer the Jazz.
We did a Language Cafe, volunteers who want can teach their language, it’s like it we arrive to have German, Turkish, French, and Romanian courses and a really funny afternoon.
I just start my Europe tour, I leave my parents home to make auto-stop, every days. I decide to travel without money, I’ve just 10€ in case .
France, Italia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia an Macedonia (in bus), Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hongria and Austria in train, Germany and come back in France.
14 country, 9000kms and a lot of crazy adventures and meetings!
I worked 2 months like volunteer in an hostel in Istanbul, an 3 weeks in Sofia, for the same job, but it was more easy and more funny.
It’s in Sofia that everything starts. One night a group of 7 people arrived like customers. The other volunteer who was at the reception called me because 2 of them are from France.
I met them, and they told me they are also volunteers in Romania, and we did a big party the evening, with all of them and it was really cool! The morning I was working at the reception, I didn’t sleep but I’m ok. When this band of new friends arrived for the check-out they asked me if I would like to spend some day in Reșița, the city where they’re volunteers and where they return in auto-stop.
The Friday 16th of November I take the road to the Romania. I leave Sofia at 9 AM to do stop too. 500kms, in one day it’s hard. I did it but I arrived the Saturday at 5 AM, tired I finished my night on a bench. But now I’m arrived!!!
We’ll stay just 4 days together, the city is not beautiful, it was cold and raining, but warm.
I just fell in love of everything.
I’m in love, I don’t want to leave. I discovered the association of Nebo Parudimos, where my friends are working, and they said me they wait a new volunteer, but nobody knows where he is and if he will comes. Just to laugh I ask to be volunteer to replace him.
Just to laugh yes…
Now, the 20th of January 2019 I start my new life like volunteer in Reșița.