07 Sep The Romanian seaside- time to come clean…
From time to time, you feel things deserve a second chance, you leave a place and swear never to return again and then it springs back in your mind and you develop a deep nostalgia towards it. That’s when you return, hoping that everything has changed, that you won’t be left with the same sour impression again.
I myself swore not to return to the Romanian seaside after I visited Vama Veche two years ago. I could talk about my previous experience for hours, but this is not the aim of the current article. I am here to talk about what I found at the seaside this year, when late planning left me outside a possible trip to Greece. Tourism industry is a real jungle, don’t you think?
The first thing you have to know if you plan to come to Romania for the summer time is, well, not to plan ahead at all. Wishing not to repeat the same mistake again, I decided to go to Costinesti instead of Vama Veche this year. But it seemed that the simple arrival of the train three hours late is reason enough for your trusty host to ditch you. Business is business and the show must go on. Hotels are not a viable option afterward, promising to leave your pockets empty sooner than you expected. So you are left to try finding other hosts. Luckily, the train station is the perfect place to barter for a temporary summer home. Prices are reasonable, but conditions are horrible.
For 15 euros a day, me and my companion got to sleep in a lumber shack that was uninhabitable at lunch because of the extreme heat. Water was directly heated by sun rays in huge plastic barrels fixed to the roof, so warm water was available only throughout the day and never at night. Things would have been just fine if Costinesti were a true tourist complex. But Costinesti is more of a village, still learning from its experience within the services industry field. So we decided to move to Eforie Nord, thinking we would be closer to quality services.
And this gets me to my second conclusion: be preapred for the worst. Bring along medicines because food poison is quite common.