Next stop:Gara de Nord

I had to take a package the other day from Gara de Nord (the most important train station of Romania, situated in Bucuresti), from the train stopping at line 2. Whenever I go there I fantasise about me with a backpack, taking the first train and going somewhere, to meet someone, to do something that might change my life in misterious ways.

People coming and leaving, with their big material universes packed in a small luggage for a couple of days, make me feel good.

Coffee with milk from the McDonalds in Gara de Nord also makes me feel good. I always have coffee with a small sandwich before embarking on a train trip (yes, from time to time, rarely, I  give in the temptation of getting stuff from McDonalds).

There is actually a big add with Mc, hanging from the rusty ceilling inside the big station and right beside it, on the side, there are hanging vases with half withered flowers and some dusty lights.

Gara de Nord is not an updated, new train station but an old  survivor. It survived bombings in the second world war and an attempt of Nicolae Ceausescu, the dictator, to demolish it and build it some other place, on the outskirts of Bucharest. Almost 150 years passed since its first construction and its still standing, a bit crumpled but functional and welcoming for millions of free people.

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Phone travel

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A: Hey, how is it going? Haven’t heard from you in a while.

Me: Hey lovely, sorry, I’ve been over my head with work. Better you tell me how was your team building to Delta Danube?!

A: A bit expensive but wonderful! We stayed on Uzlina island, in Tulcea county at this wonderful Complex Cormoran.

Me: An island? How did you get there?

A:  Cormoran sends a boat to pick you up from  Murighiol village so it’s quite easy. The thing is once you are there you need to take up some activities, otherwise you get bored of just sitting by the pool and eating fish. For example we took the boat to see Letea forrest.  Only the boat was 165 lei per person but it’s worth every penny.  To get to Letea you cross a myriad of Danube channels and pass by water lilies and exotic birds and beautiful vegetation and fauna. Then, they took us with some Jeeps(25 lei per person) and the next thing I saw was a forrest that basically grew in a desert. They showed us this huge 500 years old oak that practically lives on dunes of sand, it’s very interesting to see.

Me: Can you imagine what that oak tree saw in his secular existence?! By the way did you see the wild horses? They say Letea is their paradise?

A: I saw some horses resting in the shadow, the thing is the locals let their animals run free. Letea village is something you’ve never seen before, it’s like being stuck in a long gone past. They have these small houses, built close to the ground to keep them safe from extreme heat in summer and the siberian winds in winter, and my God! I ate there the most amazing fish food in my life. Imagine all the village ladies do is cook, the village just lives off tourists.

Me: I’m hungy.

A: So than I shouldn’t continue telling you about their incredible doughnuts, no? And all this for just 45 lei.

Me: Ok, I need to go there.

A: Three days should be enough if you decide to go. And 300 euros should cover the whole trip.

Me: Ah, you just got me day dreaming!Thank you for the tip/trip.

A: My pleasure, it was an experience anybody should try in a lifetime. Oh, and if you pass by Tulcea check out the Delta Museum, it’s quite unique.

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Centrul Muzeal Eco-Turistic Delta Dunării

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Thank you for the photos A!