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Hey, I am Ana, usually a student in Bucharest, at ASE REI, but this semester I am in an Erasmus mobility on the gorgeous island of Tenerife in Spain. I love travelling, learning new languages, reading, spending time outdoors, especially in nature.

    I can say that between Romania and Spain, especially Tenerife, there are quite a lot of cultural differences. Regarding Easter, the Spaniards have a very interesting vision about its celebration. The week before Easter it’s called Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Catholics in Spain celebrate through traditions that commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Each day of Holy Week has its special traditions, like processions on the streets, bringing olive branches to church, create spectacular alfombras, or rug-like displays made with flowers, in the street, and many more.

   Although Easter is a holiday originally considered the most important event of Christianity, it can be celebrated and felt in many ways.

   Traditionally, Easter is represented by going to church, Spring cleaning, guests and time spent together at a table full of goodies prepared by mother and grandmother. Easter has no charm without the delicious aroma of freshly baked cozonac coming from the kitchen and spreading throughout the house.

   Every year I used to hold on to the Easter traditions of going to church, preparing the Easter meal, dyeing eggs and making cozonac, to feel part of the celebration. But this year I am an Erasmus student and I realized that Easter is about inner peace, thoughts of gratitude, about loving and caring for yourself, about doing an activity that truly brings joy to your soul and gives you freedom to be yourself. It's somehow relaxing to let go of the big holiday preparations, so you can enjoy the feeling of living, of feeling refreshed and free of any worries, instead of feeling overwhelmed with preparations. It's important to be able to take a moment for yourself to create some inner peace.

   As a final thought, I think it's important to detach ourselves from the socially imposed norms that can often take us away from the essence of a holiday and end up feeling overwhelmed. It is great to have the courage to celebrate Easter in the way our soul asks us to.

 

   Written by Ana Carolina Todor

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If you ask us, what is one of the most amazing parts of an Erasmus experience? We will tell you that it’s travelling, especially in your Erasmus country. That is why ESN ASE-CMP Bucharest prepared for you some ideas of short trips from Bucharest to some amazing and beautiful places in Romania. If you didn't know yet, between the 30th of November and 3 of December, we will have a long weekend, a mini-vacation that you can use to travel around, and we hope that our article will help you decide your next destination. 

 

Take your Erasmus friends and enjoy some beautiful days travelling Romania!

 

1. Bucharest To Transfăgărășan 

 

Embark on a day trip through the exciting landscapes of Transfăgărășan, Romania's legendary mountain road, located in the Carpathian Mountains. As we climb the serpentine roads, Transfăgărășanul reveals wonderful views, from green valleys to snow-capped peaks in the colder times of the year. The journey on this road will surprise you, and the fresh mountain air will encourage you to stay as long as possible on the mountain top of the road. 

There, the jewel in the crown of the route is Bâlea Lake, a glacial lake surrounded by rocky peaks. This gorgeous place invites you to enjoy the beauty of the place and go through the many mountain hikes that start from there. From Transfăgărășan towards Bucharest, we recommend you to have a stop at the Vidraru dam, which will offer you a stunning view of the Vidraru lake and the mountains around it. 

Whether you are a thrill seeker attracted by serpentines or a nature enthusiast enchanted by the mountainous area, a day trip along the Transfăgărășan is not to be missed, being a journey into the heart of Romania. So, are you ready to cross this natural wonder? And the even better question, are you ready to meet the famous animal of the mountains, the brown bear? If so, Transfăgărășan is waiting for you.

 

How to get there? 

1. You can either rent a car from Bucharest and you will be there in approximately 3 hours, the distance being 200 km. This is a very fun way of travelling, especially if you rent the car with your Erasmus friends. 

2. Take a Train until Curtea de Argeș and rent the car from there, making the cost of renting smaller. 

3. Take a Train to Sibiu, visit this beautiful city and after that, take a minibus that goes twice a day to Bâlea Waterfall, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Find out detailed information about the minibus timetable, both for departure and return to Sibiu. The price of a one-way trip is 60 lei, and a return trip is 110 lei. From Bâlea Waterfall you can take the cable car that goes up to Bâlea Lac, offering a beautiful view over Transfăgărășan.

 

*Don’t forget to use your Romanian student ID for 90% discount for trains. 


 

2. Bucharest To Sibiu 

 

Step into the city of Sibiu, a Transylvanian gem where history dances with you, a beautiful mediaeval city, with its cobbled streets and pastel buildings. Begin your day trip in the heart of Sibiu's Old Town, where the Great Square unfolds like an open-air museum. Admire the facade of the Brukenthal National Museum, Romania's oldest museum housed in a baroque palace. Lose yourself in the vibrant market square, where the Council Tower stands tall, offering panoramic views of the city's red rooftops. Stroll along the Liars' Bridge, a symbol of Sibiu's folklore, and let the mediaeval charm envelop you as you explore the passages and secret corners of the Lower Town. Make a stop at the Council Tower, where history and architecture converge in a perfect blend, revealing Sibiu's rich heritage.

For a taste of Sibiu's cultural tapestry, visit the ASTRA National Museum Complex, an open-air museum showcasing traditional Romanian village life. Here, centuries-old houses and windmills create a picturesque landscape against the backdrop of the surrounding forests. Finish your day with a culinary adventure. Savour traditional Transylvanian dishes in a cosy local restaurant, letting the flavours tell a story of the region's culinary heritage. Sibiu, with its timeless beauty and warm hospitality, invites you to be a part of its story for a day, a journey through history and culture, in the heart of Transylvania. Are you ready to explore this captivating city? 

 

How to get there? 

1. Take a train to Sibiu, one trip will be around 9 lei and your trip will be between 5 and 6 hours.

2. Take a bus to Sibiu, one trip will be around 90 lei and you will spend approximately 5 hours and a half in the bus. 


 

            3. Piatra Craiului National Park

Discover the magic of Piatra Craiului National Park on a day trip in the heart of Romania's Carpathian Mountains. This beautiful place is all about stunning views and outdoor fun. Start your day with a walk along the park's trails. You'll see big rocky mountains and green meadows. Listen to the birds singing as you explore the thick forests and enjoy the fresh air. To enter the Piatra Craiului National Park you need to buy a ticket, the price is 10 lei. 

The Zarnesti Gorge is like a cool, rocky adventure. Walk beside the river, feel the mist, and marvel at the tall cliffs. It's like a natural wonderland! Take a break at Curmatura Hut, a cosy spot with amazing mountain views. Whether you love hiking or just want to enjoy nature, Piatra Craiului National Park has something for everyone. Are you ready for a day of simple, natural beauty?
 

How to get there? 

1. You can go by car, around 200 km/3 hours. 

2. Take a train to Brașov (around 3 hours/6 lei) and another one from Brașov to Zărnești (approximately 40 min/free with Romanian student ID).


 

Make your backpack, book your trains, take your friends, and go and explore the beautiful nature and historic cities of Romania. Maybe discover the beautiful Transfăgărășan, the museums în Sibiu, or maybe the hike paths in Piatra Craiului National Park, no matter your destination, we are going to be here, next to you. Don't hesitate to ask us for more information or help. Our ESN ASE-CMP Bucharest volunteers are here to help you have the most amazing trips around Romania.

 

Author: Daniela Iancu

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Maybe you’re wondering: Why someone would choose Romania, especially Bucharest, as an Erasmus Destination for studies, considering that there are other well known destinations for students around Eastern Europe, such as Hungary, Poland or Czech Republic? What is it so special about this country known for vampires and diverse nature? Is anything you can do between the studying breaks? Let’s find out together!

Well, before we go deeper into our mini travel guide, I should mention that Bucharest is among the safest and most affordable places to visit in Europe, as the majority of the most well known attractions are either free, either very convenient, suitable for almost any type of traveler out there, especially those on a tight budget who want to live their student life to the fullest.

 

ARCHITECTURE

For those keen on architectural wonders, you’re very lucky, as there are plenty of buildings. One visit you should definitely not miss is The Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Entrance here, with the student discount, is around 4 euros. Quite cheap, isn’t it? Other fascinating buildings in Bucharest, worth of Instagram Stories, are Romanian Athenaeum or Bragadiru Palace.

 

MUSEUMS

Of course, what is a European capital without some really cool museums? You can choose from National Museum of Romanian History, National Mueum of Art or Art Safari. If you want to find out more about Romanian culture you can visit The Village Museum, which includes houses and rural buildings representative of each ethnographic area of the country, including from Transylvania, Maramures, Oltenia, Moldova, Dobrogea, Muntenia and Banati.

 

RELAX

Or maybe you just want to take a break? You know, after all those university assignments and getting used to our learning system...Well, you should probably have a resting day. But where?

Therme is a one of the largest wellness and relaxation centers, where you can find pools with thermal water, massage rooms and steam sauna. A ticket here is around 15-20 euros, depending on the discount. To reach Therme, which is 20 km  from Bucharest, you have a shuttle every two hours from Piata Romana.

Opera Nationala is another great option if you want something entertaining yet cultural. You can see La Traviata, Phantom of the Opera or Swan Lake, to name a few.

 

PUBS

Nightlife in Bucharest is very diverse, having plenty of clubs and pubs from where you can choose from, especially in the Old Town. The ones that we recommend are The One, Beluga, Control or Apollo, the last one being LGBTQ+ friendly.

 

PARKS

There are also a lot of parks, such as Tineretului, Izvor, where you can take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens, or Herastrau, where you can rent a paddleboat on the lake or have a picnic.

 

 Oh, and I almost forgot…shopping! Cotroceni, Baneasa, Promenada, Mega Mall, all these are the biggest shopping centers in Bucharest, so if you need to buy something, you will most probably find it in one of these.

 

Even if you never considered before Bucharest as an Erasmus destination, I hope this article helped you find out more about things you can do if you end up studying here. And if you decide so, never forget that we, those in Erasmus Student Network ASE-CMP Bucharest, are looking forward to meeting you and helping you discover all the wonders in this city. See ya!

 

Author: Antonia Ghencea

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            Bucharest, the vibrant capital of Romania, has emerged as a magnetic destination for international students, particularly those participating in the Erasmus program. Nestled at the crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe, this city offers a unique blend of rich history, diverse culture, and a thriving academic scene.

            For Erasmus students embarking on a transformative journey of cultural exchange and academic exploration, securing the right accommodation in Bucharest is a crucial first step. With its eclectic neighbourhoods, dynamic nightlife, and affordable cost of living, Bucharest is an attractive destination for young students seeking to broaden their horizons. However, navigating the myriad of housing options can be a daunting task, and making the wrong choice can significantly impact your experience abroad.

            In this survival blog, we will take you on a journey through Bucharest's accommodation landscape, helping you make informed decisions about where to live during your Erasmus adventure. From student dormitories to private apartments, shared housing to homestays, As ESN ASE-CMP is always here to help you and provide valuable tips on securing the perfect place to call home during your stay in this vibrant European capital.

 

Where to Search for an Apartment in Bucharest

            We should begin with the fact that the accommodation in Bucharest varies from 300-500 euros (excluding bills) for an apartment depending on the area of the city and 100 to 300 euros for the student dorms (excluding bills).

            Some of the safest areas in Bucharest are situated in the Northern part such as Primaverii, Floreasca, Herastrau, Dorobanti, Aviatorilor where the rents are around 500-1000 euros. Some other hot spots where the young students prefer to rent their apartment are around Unirii Square, Tineretului, Timpuri Noi, Romana Square, Calea Victoriei, University of Bucharest, Cismigiu.

Unfortunately there is also a dark side of the city and we would highly recommend to avoid these neighbourhoods: Rahova, Fenertari, Pantelimon and Giulesti

Trustworthy Websites for Accommodation in Bucharest

            Our recommendation is to find a place closer to the metro station as you’d mostly use it in case it is not a walking distance to your university. Here you have a list of trusty websites where you look of apartments, in case you feel like anything is wrong please contact us and we’ll try to help you with the issue, and remember do not pay in advance for the rent.

Apartment renting:

 

Student Dormitories in Bucharest

            In case you believe that an apartment in Bucharest is not suitable for you or you couldn’t find anything until your arrival we recommend the student dormitories. For Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE) there is a dorm only for the Erasmus students where the monthly rent is 150 euros for double rooms, the campus is 35 minutes away from Romana Square by taking the metro from Crangasi or Grozavesti.

 

            For the incoming students at University of Political Studies and Public Adminisration (SNSPA), Technical University of Civil Engineering (UTCB), University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” please get in touch with the Erasmus office in your University, and in case there is no public dorm option we have prepared some of the best private dorms in Bucharest:

  • Arcca: There are two student campuses in Vitan and Pajura, the two campuses offer you single or double rooms, private bathroom, laundry room and shared kitchen. The prices vari from 167 euros for a triple room, 198-248 euros for a double room and 390-435 for a single room. The minimum period of renting is 10 months but in case you wish to stay only for one semester you need to contact them regarding the availability of the places.
    • Contact: contact@arcca.ro
    • Address: Energeticienilor Street 9-11, Arcca Vitan Village

 

  • Campus Est: Campus Est 1 and Campus Est 2 are two private dorms that offer more modern living conditions having single or double rooms with private bathrooms, public kitchen, laundry rooma, TV fridge and AC. The prices vary from 280-360 euros for a single room, 220 euros for a double room and 270-470 euros for an apartment of 1 or 2 people including the bills.

 

  • Westgate studios: Westgate studios is one of the hot spots for the student campuses as if offers access to their private study rooms, restaurant, gym, events space and pool. It is situated 30 minutes away from the city center, 2 minutes away from Preciziei metro, but the student experience is an unforgettable one here. The prices vary from 195-300 euros for a place in a studio and 380-600 euros for the whole studio. It is also possible to rent on a short term starting from 35 euros per night.

 

            Hope you’ll enjoy your stay in Bucharest and we’re looking forward to meet you! Do not forget that us, the non profit organisation ESN ASE-CMP Bucharest, will always be here for you – just send us a message!

 

            Author: Kiby Forcos

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MOJO MUSIC CLUB

  • Strada Gabroveni 14
  • free entry
  • ong drinks 17 lei (4 €) cocktails 21 lei (4€)
  • English style pub karaoke bar live concerts with local bands

APOLLO111

  • Palatul Universul Building B underground Str. Ion Brezoianu 23-25
  • Thursdays: 15 lei (3€) Fridays-Saturdays: 40-45 lei (aprox. 8€)
  • Cocktails ~40 lei (8€) Soft drinks & beer 15 lei (3€) Shots 15 lei (3€)
  • 80s-90s-00s nights radio and Romanian hits

#ALTFEL

  • Strada Smârdan 29, București 030076
  • free entry
  • Cocktails ~15 lei (3€) Soft drinks & beer ~10 lei (2€) Shots 15 lei (3€)
  • pop music and reggaeton

EL COMANDANTE JUNIOR

  • Strada Blănari 21
  • Weekends: free entry
  • Cocktails ~30 lei (6€) Soft drinks & beer 15 lei (3€) Shots 15 lei (3€)
  • pop-rock, old hits, dance&house music

CONTROL CLUB

  • Strada Constantin Mille 4
  • Tuesdays: 20 lei (4€) after 10 PM and all drinks are half priced Weekends: 30 lei (6€), sometimes 40 lei (8€)
  • Cocktails ~40 lei (8€) Soft drinks & beer ~20 lei (4€) Shots 15 lei (3€)
  • mainly Techno (2 stages), but sometimes depends on the organized events

INTERBELIC

  • Strada Lipscani 17
  • weekends: 30 lei (6€) free entrance before 11pm; Age restrictions: 21+
  • Cocktails around 40 lei (8€) Soft drinks and beer around 16 lei (3€) Shots 16 lei (3€)
  • international, commercial, EDM

GRĂDINA MONTEORU

  • Calea Victoriei 115
  • Thursdays: free; weekends: sometimes free or 30-40lei (6-8€)
  • Cocktails ~40 lei (8€) Soft drinks & beer ~20 lei (4€) Shots 15 lei (3€)
  • mainly techno different events

CLUB MONO

  • Blvd. Nicolae Bălcescu 3-5
  • Weekends 30 lei (6€)
  • Cocktails ~30 lei (6€) Soft drinks & beer ~15 lei (3€) Shots 10 lei (2€)
  • pop-rock, old hits, dance&house, latino music

FUNKY LOUNGE

  • Blvd. Beijing, București 014192
  • Depends on the organised events, prices vary from 40 lei (8€) to 60 (12€)
  • Cocktails ~40 lei (8€) Soft drinks & beer ~ 20 lei (4€) Shots 20 lei (4€)
  • pop-rock, old hits, dance&house, latino music

NOOK CLUB

  • Strada Constantin Mille 18
  • weekends: sometimes free or 30-50 lei (6-10€)
  • Cocktails ~40 lei (8€) Soft drinks & beer ~20 lei (4€) Shots 15 lei (3€)
  • techno with various artists and djs

Q CLUB (LGBTQ+)

  • Strada Verzișori 20
  • weekends: 30-50lei (6-10€)
  • Cocktails ~ 30 lei (6€) Soft drinks & beer ~15 lei (3€) Shots 15 lei (3€)
  • pop-rock, old hits, dance&house music

CLUB GUESTHOUSE

  • Splaiul Unirii 160
  • Weekends: between 80-100 lei (16-20€) Fridays-Saturdays: 40-45 lei (aprox. 8€)
  • Cocktails ~40 lei (8€) Soft drinks & beer ~20 lei (4€) Shots 15 lei (3€)
  • techno

 

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1. Remember to breathe

When you feel stress or anxiety stepping in, take a minute to close your eyes, inhale for a count of three, then exhale for a count of five and then repeat. This helps you to calm down your body's stress response and shift your attention back to the present moment.

When you sense stress or nervousness stepping in, take a minute to close your eyes, inhale for a count of three, then exhale for a count of five and then repeat. This helps you to calm down your body's stress response and shift your attention back to the present moment.

2. Eat, sleep and exercise well

Pulling all-nighters, surviving on a poor diet, and getting minimal amounts of movement into your day can increase symptoms of anxiety. For your body's best performance, make sure you're getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep. Limit your caffeine consumption and don’t drink energy drinks.

3. Set realistic goals

Setting realistic goals, whether or not you have several weeks, days or hours before your exam, helps you to put everything into perspective. Acceptance of your situation and working within the realms of what you have maximizes your productivity without the risk of burning yourself out.

4. Don't go it alone

A research paper published in Linguistics and Education saw that revising with friends is an effective study technique as it allows individuals to better soak up their very own notes. Furthermore, the emotional benefits of social support tend to include a better sense of confidence and autonomy.

5. Pace yourself through panic

Panicking before, during or even after an exam is frequent among university students. If you experience it at any point, take six deep breaths, hydrate yourself, and then go back to the problem at hand. Have in mind that there is usually a rational solution to every problem, even if you can't see it at first glance.

6. Believe in yourself

Given that you have prepared well, there should be no reason for you to worry. Therefore, when experiencing a negative thought, try to replace it with a positive one. For example, instead of thinking 'If I don't get at least a 9, I am a failure', think 'Whatever I get, I will be proud of myself and value how much I have already achieved'. You can do this!

7.Distract Strategies

Use some distracting strategies that can help you manage your stressful or anxious feelings such as using a stress ball, chewing some gum, sipping on ice water, using fidget toys such as an elastic band on your wrist .

8. If you feel like you are struggling, talk to someone

Asking for help is never shameful. When struggling, talk to friends or family about how you are feeling. Alternatively, don't be afraid to seek professional help and support.

9. Give yourself mini rewards once you achieve your study goals 

Do something that relaxes you like watching a TV show, going for a run or listening to some music.

10. Leave the stress in the exam hall

There's always a light at the end of the tunnel. Exams have a beginning and an end. The stress that goes along with them should end with the exam. Once the exam is over, there's nothing more you can do about it. You should just try to relax afterwards.

 

Ultimately, don't lose sight that although things might seem intense right now, it won't last forever. Finding healthy and positive outlets and strategies to cope with feelings of exam stress and anxiety can help you feel more in control.

 

Good luck! You’ve got this!

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   Author: Cristiana-Teodora Ușurelu

 

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Author: Cristiana-Teodora Ușurelu

Romania is a country with extraordinary variated landforms that range from high mountains with breath-taking natural landscapes to long plateaus and deltas by the seashore. Because of this natural diversity, Romanians have the opportunity to explore a lot of beautiful and unique places in every region of the country.

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Author: Cristiana-Teodora Ușurelu

Bucharest is one of the hidden jewels of Eastern Europe that usually does not receive its deserved time in the spotlight. But the city hides a lot of charming buildings rich in history, unique churches, and monasteries, beautiful chic streets, and boulevards and parks. To help you get better acquainted with your new home, I have gathered 10 essential pieces of information about Bucharest, some better-known facts than others, yet all worth knowing! 

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New to Romania? Curious about its history or customs?

Well, we got you covered. At least partially, since we’re not going to discuss the abundance of history this amazing country has, as it would take far too long to do so.

 

However, we are here to give you some insight into Romania's customs with folk clothing coming up - stay tuned for this. 

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For Romanians, Easter is one of the most valued and appreciated holidays of Christendom, because it has the power of bringing together the whole family while remembering and celebrating the most important moments in Jesus Christ’s life. It also symbolizes the rebirth of nature and the spiritual resurrection of the dead ones.

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Erasmus Student Network is dedicated to a lot of causes that impact us and people around us. We love to contribute to the well-being of the world, therefore, a cause very close to our hearts is Environment Sustainability, which is celebrated all over the world through Earth Day.

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One of the meanings of the word “generation” refers to it as “people who belong to the same age group and create a society, a family”. As such, the Erasmus Generation is formed by young, energetic people who discover the world and develop themselves by experiencing different forms of mobility, who volunteer and make the world a better place. It’s more than a group. Does it sound too overrated?

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Hello ESN friends, Erasmus lovers, curious people from all over the world – get yourself a comfortable seat, grab a cup of your favourite drink and be ready for what is coming up! Welcome to our first edition of Erasmus testimonials! Read more

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Many of you associate Erasmus exchange with parties. What if we told you that it’s much more than that? Even if you’re not into hanging out often, you can still enjoy your stay abroad without any parties. Here are various ways to do so: Read more

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A series of frequently asked questions, answers and useful links in one place for Erasmus+ students, volunteers and trainees.

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Lately, it's been more and more difficult to do the things that until now were trivial, especially when it comes to food and supplies. Invaded by a lot of information, with the new virus on sight, we are in desperate need of guides for almost everything  Read more 
 

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