Romania

Couchsurfing in Romania

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After my disappointing trip to Spain, I started to lose hope in people. Read my local’s guide to Valencia to find out more info. However, my trip to Romania had lifted my spirits and my faith in people had been restored. I wasn’t sure if I would get a host, but I tried my luck anyway and it worked. I couldn’t believe the number of responses I received. It was unreal. I had a few people willing to host me in Bucharest, although there was a guy willing to host me who lived in the woods. That was strange, for obvious reasons, I couldn’t see myself with this guy alone in the woods. He may have been a nice guy or I may have not been seen again!

Hosts in Bucharest

Fortunately, my first host was an easy-going person. We agreed to meet the day I landed, but being on a cheap flight I arrived in the country at silly o’clock (1am), so I tried to sleep in the airport but failed to do so. At around 10am I took the bus to the city centre. I arrived tired, hot and sweaty, and stank! I was in dire need of a shower, sleep and food (in that order). I told my host that I couldn’t wait to meet him in the evening and booked myself a hostel for the night. The following day I arrived at his apartment just before he left for work. He gave me his key and went off to work and said he was unsure to trust me, which I could understand. But he learnt he could.

Bucharest suburbs
The view of my first Couchsurfing host.

Food Food Food

I’ve always loved sharing a meal with my hosts, whether it’s a home-cooked meal or in a restaurant. It’s nice just to chill out and enjoy each other’s company. I was fortunate enough to share a few meals with my first host, even though he worked long hours. One evening, I made some pasta and he had a bit, as he said he wasn’t that hungry. Even though he said it was good, I wasn’t sure if he said that to be polite or he generally thought it was good (I say this because I’m not a great cook lol, sorry). Thereafter, he suggested to meet him in town and to go for a meal. He recommended a traditional meal, as I wanted the full Romanian experience. We had great food and great conversation. So far so good, Couchsurfing in Romania was going well.

mici romanian sausage
My host recommended a traditional meal of mici sausages, which must be eaten with mustard.

Another host I stayed with welcomed me and prepared a lovely snack for me the day I arrived, which was nice of him. We also shared a few meals too. He showed me some cheap and cheerful places to eat. He even cooked for me, it was a traditional meal called sarmale. I told him that I had yet to try it as I was recommended to eat two traditional foods and this was one of them. It took him 4 hours to cook, I couldn’t believe it and I was really grateful. Plus, while speaking to his I found out that he’s a qualified chef, which I was impressed by, especially as I can’t cook myself.

Traditional Romanian food
Sarmale and polenta, with cream and bacon.

Local knowledge

One of my host was able to tell me some good places to explore and eat. I did what I was told and I wasn’t disappointed. With the advice from my host, I talked from the centre of Bucharest to the village museum near the airport via Victory road (road name in English) and it was a fair walk but an interesting one. There was a lot of history on that road. The other host showed me parts of the river and some parks, which I got to see some peacocks, that was pretty cool experience. I also wanted to explore other parts of the country and I was told that Constanta, on the coast, would be a great place to visit and my host agreed. Unfortunately, it wasn’t, it was boring. I later found out that I went at the wrong time of the year and the month after would be full of people going to festivals along the beach. So I only stayed for 2 nights and went to Sulina on advice from the hostel owner.

Triumph Arch
Triumph Arch on Victory Road

 

Couchsurfing in Romania

Couchsurfing in Romania has been one of the best Couchsurfing experiences I’ve had so far. My hosts were so nice and kind and very easy going. They were flexible and I had a good time with them. Romanians, particularly the people I met, were so helpful and good company. There isn’t much diversity in Romania but that doesn’t mean they don’t welcome foreigners. English is spoken by a lot of people and even if they don’t speak English they’re willing to help anyway. I had no trouble while I was there; in fact, strangers were interested in me because I was different. I look forward to going back; there are more great people to meet and great places to visit.

 

Have you done Couchsurfing in Romania? What’s your experience?

 

ylanda

Hey, I’m Ylanda and I’m a solo traveller and travel blogger, trying to gain a local experience wherever I travel. I’m an amateur photographer and TEFL teacher.

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