February 2012

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.

Kismet Dao's 3 in 1 Day Tour!

Kismet Dao invites you to take advantage of our hassle-free all-day tour of the three most popular attractions near Brasov: Dracula’s Castle in Bran, the Royal Palace in Sinaia and the Rasnov fortress. For only 120 lei/person for unguided tour (please note, entrance tickets are not included) you are picked up at the hostel by your private driver, dropped off at each location and brought back safe and sound!

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.

Our 1st Mulled Wine Night

Last night, The 1st Mulled Wine Night, was a success! Lots of people, friends and backpackers gathered in the kitchen around 8 pm, waiting for some sweet hot wine from Fiona who offered to prepare it... Thank you for that Fiona, you are now the Princess of the Hot Wine! :D

International Kissing Day

When I think about it, the concept of a kiss is everywhere in society and has many meanings. A first kiss. A formal kiss. A passionate kiss. A kiss goodbye.

Kissing Day aims to make us appreciate a kiss in its own right. No conventions, no social norms, just a kiss. Across the globe we embrace the kiss by embracing someone else.

Inspiring Travel Quotes

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~Saint Augustine

Kismet Dao's Winter Mondays: Cozy Up with Hot Wine

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When cold weather swirls in, nothing could be cozier than a toasty mug of mulled wine. Extend your weekend or, even better, start a new week with traditional Romanian hot wine ("vin fiert") and enjoy laughs and cheers with your friends at Kismet Dao Hostel.