I learned of Timișoara from a young age because my grandparents’ friends, who moved there before I was born, were characters in their stories. I was sure I would like it.
The first time I went there was in 2012 and I was impressed by how it felt. I went again last year and I was impressed anew. Therefore, in this spring vacation, we decided that the 10 hours (night) train ride was worth the effort.
We boarded the 21:46 train from Bucharest from the main train station (Gara de Nord) that got us to Timișoara at around 8 in the morning. We went straight to the hotel to learn that there was a confusion with our booking but it all turned out good.
What we learned in this trip is that for a fee one can have early check-in and late check-out. In the past, when I was younger [she wrote], I used to be fine with having coffee and breakfast and walking around with the backpack until it was time to check-in or to go the train station.
This was just another trip with sleep and work, long walks, lots of coffee and book-buying, so I won’t go into details.
But I’ll say that we were both impressed with how clean the city is, how nice people dress and behave, how buildings in the city centre look and how lovely the opera house is on the inside.
We walked a little in Fabric neighbourhood and it was interesting to observe the houses. We received an upsetting message concerning our closest friends, therefore we spent a lot of time talking about how fleeting life is and how much power there is in enjoying the present moment.
It was lovely to have some time in Timișoara this spring and I am looking forward to the next one.
Make today count!