Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Trip to Romania

Wow, So we finally made it back from our Trip in Romania. It was a wonderful experience. Each day brought back so many new memories of my mission and the Romanian people. Quite a few things had changed since I had been there, some stores no longer existed, the people seemed to have a little more money, and the country in general has come a long way.

The currency has changed since I went there also. I left the country in 2004, at which time 10,000 Romanian Lei was the equivalent of about thirty three cents. After entering the European Union they knocked off 4 zeros, and we now have 1 Leu (the singular form of “Lei”) equaling thirty three cents. It made things a lot simpler. Instead of buying my groceries for a million lei, it now cost me only a hundred. One of the taxi Drivers was happy though because he said he doesn’t have to bring his whole family now to carry all the cash to the store to buy a loaf of bread. It now all fits in his wallet. I guess in 2012 they are going to get rid of the current monetary system all together and convert to the Euro. If you do go travel over there though, the old timers still talk in forms of the old monetary value, so if they say you owe them 40,000 lei for some bread, don’t get scared. My very first train ticket scared me a little when she said I owed her 900,000 lei…I was a little confused. I thought holy cow things have gotten expensive, we almost packed up and went home thinking we under budgeted for the trip.

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My wife loved the whole experience; it was absolutely wonderful for her. Her eyes were opened to new world and a new people that she didn’t even dream existed. Over the next little bit I will post pictures of each day and a little bit about the cities, sites, and people we visited. As I don’t diligently keep a journal this is going to be my sole documentation of the trip.

Trip Summary

Day 1

Thursday

5/28/2009

Travel to SLC – Plane ride to Italy

Day 2

Friday

5/29/2009

Plane ride to Italy – Train from Bucharest to Constanta

Day 3

Saturday

5/30/2009

Spend the Day in Constanta

Day 4

Sunday

5/31/2009

Church in Contanta – Train to Buc

Day 5

Monday

6/1/2009

Stay in Buc

Day 6

Tuesday

6/2/2009

Drive to Targoviste, Bran, Brasov

Day 7

Wednesday

6/3/2009

Drive to Sigisoara, Stay in Brasov

Day 8

Thursday

6/4/2009

Drive to Bran, Pitesti, Buc

Day 9

Friday

6/5/2009

Stay in Buc, Train to Chisinau

Day 10

Saturday

6/6/2009

Stay in Chisinau

Day 11

Sunday

6/7/2009

Church in Chisinau

Day 12

Monday

6/8/2009

Stay in Chisinau, Train to Buc

Day 13

Tuesday

6/9/2009

Piata Shopping, Plane Home

Day 14

Wednesday

6/10/2009

Arrive Home

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