Kismet Dao Hostel's Blog

Here you can find information about your favorite hostel and its guests, cool events in the city of Brasov and surroundings, Romanian culture & traditions, useful travel tips & recommendations or just some random posts by the hostel's lovely staff.

Palm Sunday and Easter Traditions in Romania

Easter, or the Resurrection of Christ, is one of the most celebrated Christian holidays in the world. Each country has its own way of celebrating Easter, through different customs and Romania too has its own wealth of traditions waiting to be discovered. For those who decided to spend Easter in Romania, let’s take a glimpse into what Easter is for Romanians and how they celebrate it.

1 April: Fools Day

Origins Fools Day, long disputed, have been found exactly, historians believing that the custom farces is a blend of local traditional customs of each country with ancient legends and ceremonies to welcome the New Year and then the spring.

FREE Walking Tour of Medieval Brasov

The free tour, guided by a local volunteer, takes you on a 2 hours walk through the beautiful Council Square and the Black Church, the citadel's walls and defense bastions, Sforii (Rope) Street, Schei neighborhood, St. Nicholas Cathedral and Tampa Mount. During the cold weather, between October 1 and March 31, the tour is organized upon request. As the weather gets warmer, between April 1 and September 30, the tour is organized every evening and departs at 18:00 from the main square. Please remember, the guide that takes you on a fairy tale journey through Brasov is a volunteer so don't forget to tip!

Brasov In Your Pocket

"Brasov In Your Pocket" mini-guide published by In Your Pocket Romania provides a compact directory of the city's essentials: how to get there (arrival & local transportation), what to see (must-see tourist attractions & museums), where to stay (hotels, pensions and of course, hostels, including yours truly), where to eat & drink (restaurants & cafes; pubs, bars & clubs), what to do if you like active travel & sports.

March 8th - International Women’s Day in Romania

The celebration started as a Socialist political event in Russia, in 1965 when Lenin declared it official holiday, and spread across the entire Soviet block soon after. But keep in mind, that unofficially, a women’s day was already celebrated around the world, on different dates, since 1909.

Superstitions: Do's & Don'ts in Romania

Even Bram Stoker, who dazed and confused a lot of people and continues to do so, makes a note in his famous novel ‘Dracula’ regarding the superstitious people inhabiting Transylvania. So clearly, we have a pattern here! We’d therefore like to give you a heads up on the matter, as you might come across some of these do's and don’ts.

Adventures of Zara, our secret staff member

Have you met Zara yet? She's our secret staff member! She will cheer you up when you are feeling blue, she'll listen to you when you need a friend and she'll waive her tail in excitement when she sees you! Yes, Zara is our lovely pet who makes our days better.

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