I spent a couple days in Brasov, Romania, after a 7-hour overnight bus ride from Chisinau, Moldova. Brasov is in the heart of Transylvania, and the old part of the city is a charming place. It definitely felt more like a central or western European town than the Soviet towns and cities I’d been used to seeing. Brasov had a heavy German presence for several centuries, and that’s reflected in the town’s architecture and overall feel.
The old town itself was fun to explore and wander around in, but I also had some great food in Brasov, including goulash, schnitzel (which I always thought was a type of sausage, but no, it’s breaded meat), sour meatball soup (ciorbă), several great salads, fresh pretzels, fresh berries, and more.
Being in Brasov also marked the first time in several months that I couldn’t easily talk to people. Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova—people speak Russian in all of those places, so I could get around easily. Romanian is obviously the language spoken in Romania, but getting around with just English wasn’t a problem. Brasov is a touristy town and they’re used to dealing with foreigners.