I spent my last day in Bucharest just chilling. I’d seen almost everything I wanted to. After spending the morning reading in a cafe I went to a climbing gym, Alpin Club Carapatic.
Their bouldering room was upstairs with no ac and no windows. It was like bouldering in a sauna.
The next morning I packed and went to the main train station, Gara de Nord.
They only run one train to Sofia a day, at 12:50. I knew it was going to be a long day, I wish it left earlier.
We stopped when we pulled into the last town in Romania before going over the border. They collected our passports and disappeared with them for 15-20 minutes. Eventually we got them back, stamped. They powered down the train and the engine pulled away and left us sitting there. Over 90° with no ac and no open windows. We were practically clawing at the windows and doors. After a long hour, we finally got another engine and went across the bridge over the Danube. Finally, Bulgaria! But then we stopped, they collected and stamped the passports again. We got another engine. At least we were only stopped for about 40 minutes that time.
I met two girls on the train, an American and a Canadian, who were also getting of at the Veliko Tarnovo stop. By the time we got off, we had missed out connecting train into the city.
First things first, get Bulgarian money out of the ATM. No luck. No problems with my card, it just declined to give me money. Thank goodness I was with those two other girls, they covered me till we got to the hostel. I also felt much safer taking a taxi with them too.
The hostel is awesome, Hostel Mostel. We’re kinda out in the country side. It’s relaxing and nice not to be in a big city. We got there just in time for dinner which is included in our stay!
Although, I had a hard time falling asleep after a spider crawled across my arm in bed.
Sorry for the long story, for once pictures just wouldn’t convey the torment of the train journey.
But here’s a picture of the street I’m staying on.