some go east

Musala (09 Nov 2015) — posted on 19 Feb 2016

Musala comes from "Musalla", meaning "close to god". It is the highest peak in the Rila mountain range and the highest in the entire Balkans. From the top the view is supposed to be amazing, offering a view over the whole mountain range. I climbed up and down in two days, but this time I was not that lucky with the weather.

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Belgrade (03 Nov 2015) — posted on 24 Jan 2016

I was quite confident that hitchhiking from Timișoara to Belgrade would not be that hard. The road was less than 3 hours long and I was hitchhiking into a capital. But I took my precautions anyway and tried to leave my Couchsurfer's apartment before noon. Elena and her brother however convinced me to try the "Romanian" fast food ciorbă de burtă first before leaving the country.

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Timișoara (01 Nov 2015) — posted on 16 Jan 2016

Because of various reasons, I decided not to go to Bucharest after Sibiu. A lot of people on the way we're not very enthusiastic about the city, and I want to go back to Romania in the future anyway. I also needed to save some time because I had booked a flight from Istanbul to Tel Aviv. So I prepared myself to make my way to Serbia and I hitchhiked to Timișoara to spend my two last nights in Romania there.

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Sibiu (30 Oct 2015) — posted on 11 Jan 2016

From Brasov I hitchhiked the same road to Sibiu again, but not before making a stop in Codlea. I have a few friends from Berlin that are originally from that small town and I wanted to surprise them. There wasn't much to do there, so I just took a picture to proof that I had passed through the town.

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Moldoveanu (28 Oct 2015) — posted on 25 Dec 2015

We got up early in the morning, we shared breakfast and started hiking again. Voytek and Christian decided to go swimming in the frozen lake a bit down, while I wanted to go to the top. So we said our goodbyes and split up.

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Moldoveanu (28 Oct 2015) — posted on 23 Dec 2015

After visiting some cities I thought about hiking the highest mountain of Romania: the Moldoveanu in the Făgăraș mountain range. At 2544 meter, it was a bit lower than the Triglav in Slovenia. However, I doubted a little bit because it had become colder already and maybe the weather was not ideal at the top.

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Turda (25 Oct 2015) — posted on 20 Dec 2015

In Turda they turned a used salt mine into a spectacular tourist attraction. The mines were first mentioned in the Middle Ages and salt was being mined until 1932. The mines are now used for halotherapy, an alternative treatment for asthma, and as a tourist attraction.

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