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.

Martisor - 1st of March

Mărţişor is the symbol of spring and also a celebration on the first of March. Its beginnings are still a mystery, but it is usually said that it originated in ancient Rome, because New Year's Eve was celebrated on the 1st of March (Martius), the month of the war god Mars. He had a double role: both protector of agriculture and of war, so the celebration signified the rebirth of nature. The duality of symbols is kept in the colours of the Mărţişor: white and red, meaning peace and war (it might also symbolize winter and spring).

Romania - Wine Country

Romania has one of the oldest wine making traditions in the world, it's viticulture dating back more than 6000 years. Legend says that Dionysos, the god of wine, was born in Thracia, on what is nowadays the territory of Romania. Romania or Dacia as the Romans knew it, had a well-established wine culture. The abundance of food and fame of the Dacian wines were so well-known and tempting that, to put an end to the migratory peoples’ repeated invasions, the Dacian king Burebista (1st century BC), ordered the destruction of all vineyards, as his high Priest Deceneu suggested.

Romania's Best Hostel

We have just been awarded Romania's best hostel by Totul Despre Hostel, based on the professionalism of our amazing staff, the character of our hostel and the homey feeling it gives backpackers!

We wish you...

We wish you, dear travelers and globetrotters, to experience new and good things, to build new human contacts and visit new exciting places around the world.

Skiing in Poiana Brasov - Regular Updates from Brasov City Hall

Brasov City Hall updates its website regularly with the latest information regarding the skiing situation in Poiana Brasov (~every three days). Since the upgraded ski area was opened last year in December, both the quality of the skiing and related services improved while the skiing season was extended to four months annually.

Romania’s Own Valentine’s Day

Romania has it’s own equivalent of Valentine’s Day celebrated in early spring on February 24th - Dragobete, the name of the local counterpart of Roman God of Love, Cupid or the Greek God, Eros. Dragobete is the protector of love, joy and fertility. He’s Dacian name is believed to come from “trago” – meaning “he”, symbol of fertility, and “pede” – “legs. Today is a day of joy – young people spending it together, of love, young single man and women finding each other (the guys try to catch the girl they like and kiss her).

Ghost Fest 2012 in Râşnov - Chapter I "Return to the Nature"

Ghost Fest 2012 is a complex event to be held on July 13th and July 14th, 2012 at the biathlon field in the city of Râşnov, right at the bottom of the medieval citadel of Râşnov. Ghost Festival is a new concept which offers listeners a mix of folk music, ambiental, post-rock, metal and beyond, a new experience, creating intercultural bridges between various forms of arts and recreational activities in a natural setting, away from the crowded cities.

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