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<ul><li><p>CLUJ-NAPOCA</p></li><li><p> 2</p></li><li><p> TABLE OF CONTENTS</p><p>For the biological and psysiological needs </p><p> Food ............................................................................................................................................................4 </p><p> Liquids ............................................................................................................................................................5</p><p> Shelter ...........................................................................................................................................................6</p><p> Warmth ............................................................................................................................................................7</p><p>For the safety feeling of knowing your way around</p><p> Where are you going to stay </p><p> Romania scale ......................................................................8</p><p> Cluj Napoca scale ..........................................................10</p><p> How to get here </p><p> To Cluj Napoca...................................................................12</p><p> To the campus...................................................................14</p><p> Currency and prices ..............................................................................................................................................15</p><p> What to bring ..............................................................................................................................................................16</p><p> Important phone numbers, links, contacts ......................................................................................18</p><p>For the social needs</p><p> BEST Cluj Napoca ....................................................................................................................................................19</p><p> Communication (Phrasebook) .......................................................................................................................20</p><p>For Self esteem and self actualization .....................................................................................................................21</p><p>To do list .............................................................................................................................................................................................22</p><p>3</p></li><li><p>FOOD</p><p>The local dishes are the delicious:</p><p>sarmale</p><p>mamaliga</p><p>friptura (steak)</p><p>salata boef (finely chopped cooked veggies and meat salad, usually topped with mayo and decorated with tomatoes and parsley)</p><p>zacusca (a yummy, rich salsa-like dip produced in the fall) </p><p>ciorba de burta (white sour tripe soup)</p><p>ciorba taraneasca (a red sour soup, akin to bors without the beet root and using instead fermented wheat bran, with lots of vegetables). </p><p>Traditional desserts include pasca (a chocolate or cheese pie produced only after Easter)</p><p>saratele (salty sticks)</p><p>cozonac (a special cake bread baked for Christmas or Easter). </p><p>bread (without butter) comes with almost every meal and dill is quite common as a flavoring. </p><p>garlic is omnipresent, both raw, and in special sauces (mujdei is the traditional sauce, made of garlic, olive oil and spices)</p><p>Generally, there is good street food, including</p><p>covrigi (hot pretzels)</p><p>langosi (hot dough filled with cheese),</p><p>gogosi (donut-like dough, coated with fine sugar thin pancakes filled with anything from chocolate and jam to bananas and ice cream. </p><p>Very popular are kebab and shaorma (shaorma), served in many small shops.</p><p>BUT!</p><p>You will get breakfast and two other meals a day. These will mainly be provided by your </p><p>organisers. If you have any special diet or if youre vegetarian, send an e-mail to the organisers </p><p>and well take this into account.</p><p>4</p></li><li><p>LIQUIDS</p><p>Romania has a long tradition of making wine (more than </p><p>2000 years of wine-making are recorded), Its quality is very good </p><p>and the price is reasonably cheap: expect to pay 10-30 RON for a </p><p>bottle of Romanian wine (about 3 - 8.5). Anywhere you want to buy it, it is sold only in bottles of about 75 cl.</p><p>Like all the countries with a strong Latin background, Romania has </p><p>a long and diffused tradition of brewing beer. Ursus produces </p><p>tasteful beers. Ursus Black, is a strong fruity sweet beer, similar </p><p>to a dark Czech beer. Silva produces bitter beers, both its Silva </p><p>original pils and its Silva dark leave a bitter aftertaste in your</p><p> mouth. Bergenbier and Timisoreana are quite good also. You can also </p><p>find Heineken, Tuborg, Peroni and so on.</p><p>The strongest alcohol is palinca, with roughly 60 percent </p><p>pure alcohol A Transylvanian speciality is the 75 percent</p><p>blueberry and sweet cherry palinca, which is called visinata. </p><p>Water and other internationally known</p><p>liquids are expected to be found. 5</p></li><li><p>SHELTERYou will sleep, in general, at Observator Campus, which looks</p><p>something like this. Here you have a dormitory building </p><p>There are rooms with 4 beds, with a small bathroom. like this one</p><p>...or under the clear starry sky, if you feel the need to! (Tip: falling asleep under the sky seen from </p><p>the Apuseni Mountains, which you will get to see, is amazing! )</p><p>6</p></li><li><p>WARMTH We present you: </p><p>....and the love of our people and organisers! </p><p>Romania has temperate </p><p>continental climate characterized </p><p>by hot summers and cold winters. </p><p>In Cluj Napoca, during summer, </p><p>there are gradually rising daily </p><p>high temperatures, with daily </p><p>highs around 25C but keep in mind that temperatures </p><p>sometimes reach 35 C to nearly 40 C in mid-summer in the city centre. Daily low temperatures are </p><p>around 14C. </p><p>Although average precipitation and </p><p>humidity during summer is low, </p><p>there are infrequent yet heavy </p><p>and often violent storms. Stay </p><p>warm and wear a raincoat! </p><p> 7</p></li><li><p>ROMANIARomania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary </p><p>to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, </p><p>Ukraine to the east and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east. </p><p>Official Name: Romania </p><p>Location: (Southeastern) </p><p>Central Europe</p><p>Time Zone: GMT + 2 </p><p>Flag of Romania: Three vertical </p><p>stripes: blue, yellow and red. </p><p>Population: ~21,400,000 Official Language: Romanian </p><p>Currency: Romanian Leu </p><p>(In English Leu means Lion) </p><p>Capital: Bucharest (Bucuresti)</p><p>Electricity in Romania is 230 V </p><p>alternating at 50 Hz. If you </p><p>travel to Romania with a device </p><p>that does not accept 230 Volts </p><p>at 50 Hertz, you will need a </p><p>voltage converter. </p><p>Outlets in Romania generally</p><p>accept one type of plug: two </p><p>round pins.</p><p>Romania gave birth to some extraordinary scientists and </p><p>engineers, most of whom have actually changed the world. Some </p><p>of these include: Nicolae Constantin Paulescu discoverer of insulin; Eugen Pavel inventor of Hyper CD-ROM;Aurel Persu the first engineer and car designer to build a car with the wheels inside its aerodynamic line; Petrache </p><p>Poenaru inventor of fountain pen; Emil Racovita founder of biospeleology (the study of organisms living in caves); Anastase </p><p>Dragomir inventor of parachuted chair, an early version of todays ejection seat.</p><p>Furthermore, Romanian engineers have successfully contributed to </p><p>the history of flight. Henri Coanda, Traian Vuia and Aurel </p><p>Vlaicu they all played an important role as pioneers in aerodynamics and aviation. </p><p> 8</p></li><li><p>We have:</p><p>The statue of Decebalus, Europes largest rock sculpture (55 m high).</p><p>It is somewhere along the Danube, near the small city of Orsova, </p><p>in southwestern Romania. </p><p>The first city lit by electric street lamps in Continental Europe, Timisoara</p><p>Timisoara was also the first European city to introduce horse-drawn </p><p>trams, back in 1889.</p><p>The best-preserved Delta in Europe</p><p>7 UNESCO World Heritage sites</p><p>One of the happiest cemeteries on Earth</p><p>Europes second largest underground glacier, the Scarisoara glacier,</p><p>found underneath the Bihor Mountains in Romania. It has a </p><p>volume of 75,000 cubic meters and has existed for more than </p><p>3,500 years.</p><p>The Carpathian Mountains are home to one of the largest virgin</p><p>forests in Europe. 400 unique species of mammals, including the </p><p>Carpathian chamois, call the Carpathian Mountains home. 60% of European brown bear population lives in the Carpathian Mountains.</p><p>Romanian superstitions</p><p>If you break a mirror you will be the happy beneficiary of 7 years of bad luck</p><p>If a black cat crosses the road in front of you, you will have bad luck unless you walk 3 steps</p><p>behind</p><p>If your palm is itching it means that you will either receive some money or you will get beaten</p><p>If you stay in the corner of the table, you will never get married</p><p>If you leave leftovers in your plate then you will marry an ugly wife/husband (so you better like </p><p>the food were gonna give to you! )</p><p>If you have an itchy right foot, you will leave in a journey</p><p>If you drop the scissors, it means your boyfriend / girlfriend cheated you</p><p>A spoon dropped it is a sign that your lover must come</p><p>For having good luck the rest of the year, wear something new for Easter</p><p>If you bite your tongue while eating, is because you recently told a lie</p><p>Salt! This is another much debated item among superstitions. If you spill salt, you will have an </p><p>argument with someone. Salt thrown over your left shoulder will protect you from evil. If you </p><p>spill salt on a doorstep it will guard that house from evil spirits. Salty soup might mean that the </p><p>cook is in love. It is not good to lend salt, because you are giving your wealth away. Wealth you </p><p>might have, that is.</p><p>Never give a bouquet with an even number of flowers to someone. Those are for funeral </p><p>ceremonies or cemeteries.</p><p> 9</p></li><li><p>CLUJ NAPOCAthe second largest city in Romania </p><p>number of universities: 11</p><p>multicultural city aspires to be the European Capital of Culture in the year 2021. </p><p>will be in 2015</p><p>architecture is primarily:</p><p> Renaissance</p><p>Baroque </p><p> ...and Gothic. </p><p>there are also some </p><p>Modern buildings</p><p>from the mid century.</p><p>famous botanical garden, with and nice garden stuff </p><p>the metropolitan area has a population of 411,379 people.</p><p>81.5% of the population of the city are ethnic Romanians, with the second largest ethnic group being the </p><p>Hungarians, who make up 16.4% of the population. The remainder is composed of Romani (1.1%), Germans (0.18%), Jews (0.05%) and others (0.7%). Basically they all look like this </p><p>hosts a visible population of students and other non-residentsan average of over 20,000 people each year.</p><p>10</p></li><li><p>FACTS AND THEORIES </p><p> BOUT CLUJ Distances from Cluj to...</p><p>Bucharest: 1625000 books </p><p>Belgrade: 1635000 books </p><p>Budapest: 1775000 books </p><p>Paris: 8000000 books </p><p>Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom: 10495000 books </p><p>Madrid: 11490000 books </p><p>Funafuti, Tuvalu: 75950000 books </p><p>It holds the first open-air museum in Romania, dating from 1929.The </p><p>most ancient objects exhibited there date from 1678. The park's </p><p>main collection is composed of:</p><p>13 traditional farms with some 90 buildings collected from several </p><p>transylvanian ethnographical regions</p><p>34 rural technical installations (mills...)</p><p>5 workshops</p><p>3 wooden churches and a wooden carved cemetery gate.</p><p>Cluj was probably the most turbulent and bustling medieval city of </p><p>Transylvania. While the population of the other cities in Transylvania </p><p>was composed mainly of Saxon colonists, generally considered </p><p>peaceful and homogeneous, Cluj was hospitable to noblemen, to </p><p>merchants and craftsmen and to a great number of adventurers </p><p>belonging to different social classes and nationalities.</p><p>It is the place where the first and biggest human QR Code in </p><p>Europe was made. Hundreds of people (each one being a pixel) </p><p>gathered in Unirii Square to crowdfund an animal shelter, altogether </p><p>with breaking a European record!</p><p>It is said that there is a network of catacombs under the city, that </p><p>link some churches and other important buildings, dating from </p><p>Medieval times. Some even say that theres a tunnel that links the </p><p>Saint Michael Church, the gothic monument from the main square in </p><p>Cluj Napoca to the Cetatuie hill.</p><p>In Medieval times the basements of the houses linked to the </p><p>streets had a hatch used for unloading the merchandises. Some </p><p>basements were extended under the streets, so as someone </p><p>walking in Castrum Clus (as it was firstly called), you couldve </p><p>woked up not on the street, but under it.</p><p>11</p></li><li><p>HOW TO GET HERE</p><p>By plane:</p><p>Cluj Napoca International Airport (CLJ)</p><p>Address: Str. Traian Vuia 149</p><p>Tel: (264) 416.702</p><p>Email: aercj@codec.ro</p><p>www.airportcluj.ro</p><p>The airport is located at 4 km from the city centre. Taxis are the </p><p>easiest way to get around. Bus number # 8 runs from the airport to </p><p>Piata Mihai Viteazul in the centre of the city and bus number # 5 runs </p><p>from the airport to the railway station. </p><p>Airlines with service to Cluj Napoca:</p><p>Tarom - www.tarom.ro</p><p>Direct flights from/to: Romania (Bucharest, Constanta); Austria (Vienna); </p><p>Germany (Frankfurt); Italy (Bologna); Spain (Madrid); Switzerland </p><p>(Geneva, Zurich), but this company is not really a lowcost one. </p><p>WizzAir - www.wizzair.com</p><p>Direct flights from/to: France (Paris); Germany (Dortmund); Italy (Bologna, </p><p>Milan, Rome/Fiumicino, Venice); Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Parma de </p><p>Mallorca, Valencia); UK (London/Luton); Belgium (Bruxelles);The Netherlands </p><p>(Eindhoven)</p><p>RyanAir - www.ryanair.com</p><p>Another way to get here is by making a stop in Budapest, travelling with </p><p>RyanAir and then you can either take a WizzAir plane or use the other </p><p>means of transportation described below. </p><p>By train:</p><p>Romania has a well-developed railway network that covers virtually the </p><p>whole country. In case you want to visit Romania a bit before our </p><p>awesome Event, here are some details you might want to know:</p><p>Three different services are offered:</p><p>The cheapest and slowest are local the local trains - Regional ( R )</p><p>Faster and more expensive are the InterRegional trains ( IR ) </p><p>that require a seat reservation along with the ticket. </p><p>The fastest and the most expensive are Inter-City Trains ( IC )</p><p>The last two types of trains have dining cars and sleepers </p><p>(overnight or long distance trains only).</p><p>For train enthusiasts: Romania has nine steam trains, dating from the </p><p>1920s and '30s, some of which have been restored to provide a luxury </p><p>travel experience. 12</p></li><li><p>Cluj-Napoca Rail Station</p><p>Located about 2 kilometers north of the city center, it is situated on the CFR-Romanian Railways </p><p>Main Line 300 (Bucharest Oradea Romanian Western Border). CFR provides direct rail connections to all the major Romanian cities and to Budapest. The rail station is ve...</p></li></ul>