Even though I didnít get much sleep the night before, I still got up reasonably early so I would have time to pack
and possibly do a little exploring. After weighing my options, I decided to check out the row of souvenir stands that were set up
outside the hotel. When it got to be about 10am, I headed back to the
hotel to meet the rest of the group, to check out. Since the hotel towels had ďCastel DraculaĒ embossed on them, I
of course wanted to buy one for a souvenir, but the desk clerk didnít
seem too keen on the idea. I'm sure he got sick of me asking, so in this
case persistence paid off. Eventually he sent one of the bellhops to
go get one for me. Leaving Piatra Fantanele, we would have to back-track along Borgo Pass and
travel through Bistrita and Sighisoara, on our way to Sibiu. The day was quite travel-intensive compared to the first few days of the trip. Luckily Radu had brought along several vampire movies to play on the busí VCR, which seemed to make the long hours
on the road more bearable.
We arrived in Sibiu in the evening and checked into the hotel. After everyone got settled into their rooms, we met in the lobby and then went for a walk around town. Everywhere you looked, there was construction of some sort. Due to the city being named the Cultural Capital of Europe for 2007, there was a city-wide restoration effort. After seeing a few sites, we decided to get something to eat. Radu suggested a restaurant that he thought that we would like. When we got there, the waitress informed us that there was no food. After asking her why, she replied that the kitchen was broken. Radu spoke with her for a while and after we left, he translated her explanation. Apparently the reason they didnít have any food was because the cook had a nervous breakdown. How weird! Having no luck at the first restaurant, we went out in search of another place to eat. The streets were pretty crowded and all the restaurants we saw were full. Iím sure it didnít help any that the Finnish rock group HIM was playing in the town square. We did find an outdoor cafť that looked promising, but like all the other restaurants, there werenít any open tables. I thought we were going to have to wait forever to get something to eat, but some persuasive negotiating by Radu got us one of the next tables that opened up. The food was pretty good (I had pizza). After dinner, we all returned to the hotel.