Southeastern Europe: Romania and Bulgaria

by Anna Blanch on May 19, 2012

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be,

to see them as they are.” ~ Samuel Johnson

 As I mentioned in a previous post, delineating the different ‘regions’ of Europe is not a simple matter. I mentioned that I had decided to go with the CIA factbook delineation of Central, Eastern, South Eastern, with Russia recognised as a transcontinental country with a ‘regional’ label all of its own.

Southeastern Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia

Only Romania and Bulgaria are part of my itinerary for Overland to Oz.

Day 9: Budapest, Hungary to Timisoara, Romania. (I don’t have to change in Arad or anywhere else; the two trains (the ones leaving at 9.45AM and 3.45PM from Budapest) go directly to Timisoara.

Day 10: Timişoara to Alba Iulia – Leave Timisoara Nord station at midday with train A 1767, departing at 15:10 and arriving in Alba Iulia at 19:11. Cost: 64.20 Lei (approx. $26.15) in 1st class. Upon arrival, find a hotel in Alba Iulia.

Day 11: Sofia, Bulgaria (not sure yet which trains to catch from alba iulia to Sofia)   [I’ll be using db BAHN for train reservations]

Day 12: Bucharest, Romania (see <>  for more information.)

Day 13: Iasi, Romania (I plan to visit with the partner church of my church in Scotland, so I plan to be with the community for a Sunday).

To go back to the post where I introduce all the itinerary posts, click here.


Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.

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Traveller. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Overland to Oz is a crazy adventure marked with photos and word and inspired by the incredible women in Anna’s family, especially her late grandmother, whom she knew as Nan-Nan.

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