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  • CLUJ-NAPOCA

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    For the biological and psysiological needs

    Food ............................................................................................................................................................4

    Liquids ............................................................................................................................................................5

    Shelter ...........................................................................................................................................................6

    Warmth ............................................................................................................................................................7

    For the safety feeling of knowing your way around

    Where are you going to stay

    Romania scale ......................................................................8

    Cluj Napoca scale ..........................................................10

    How to get here

    To Cluj Napoca...................................................................12

    To the campus...................................................................14

    Currency and prices ..............................................................................................................................................15

    What to bring ..............................................................................................................................................................16

    Important phone numbers, links, contacts ......................................................................................18

    For the social needs

    BEST Cluj Napoca ....................................................................................................................................................19

    Communication (Phrasebook) .......................................................................................................................20

    For Self esteem and self actualization .....................................................................................................................21

    To do list .............................................................................................................................................................................................22

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  • FOOD

    The local dishes are the delicious:

    sarmale

    mamaliga

    friptura (steak)

    salata boef (finely chopped cooked veggies and meat salad, usually topped with mayo and decorated with tomatoes and parsley)

    zacusca (a yummy, rich salsa-like dip produced in the fall)

    ciorba de burta (white sour tripe soup)

    ciorba taraneasca (a red sour soup, akin to bors without the beet root and using instead fermented wheat bran, with lots of vegetables).

    Traditional desserts include pasca (a chocolate or cheese pie produced only after Easter)

    saratele (salty sticks)

    cozonac (a special cake bread baked for Christmas or Easter).

    bread (without butter) comes with almost every meal and dill is quite common as a flavoring.

    garlic is omnipresent, both raw, and in special sauces (mujdei is the traditional sauce, made of garlic, olive oil and spices)

    Generally, there is good street food, including

    covrigi (hot pretzels)

    langosi (hot dough filled with cheese),

    gogosi (donut-like dough, coated with fine sugar thin pancakes filled with anything from chocolate and jam to bananas and ice cream.

    Very popular are kebab and shaorma (shaorma), served in many small shops.

    BUT!

    You will get breakfast and two other meals a day. These will mainly be provided by your

    organisers. If you have any special diet or if youre vegetarian, send an e-mail to the organisers

    and well take this into account.

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  • LIQUIDS

    Romania has a long tradition of making wine (more than

    2000 years of wine-making are recorded), Its quality is very good

    and the price is reasonably cheap: expect to pay 10-30 RON for a

    bottle of Romanian wine (about 3 - 8.5). Anywhere you want to buy it, it is sold only in bottles of about 75 cl.

    Like all the countries with a strong Latin background, Romania has

    a long and diffused tradition of brewing beer. Ursus produces

    tasteful beers. Ursus Black, is a strong fruity sweet beer, similar

    to a dark Czech beer. Silva produces bitter beers, both its Silva

    original pils and its Silva dark leave a bitter aftertaste in your

    mouth. Bergenbier and Timisoreana are quite good also. You can also

    find Heineken, Tuborg, Peroni and so on.

    The strongest alcohol is palinca, with roughly 60 percent

    pure alcohol A Transylvanian speciality is the 75 percent

    blueberry and sweet cherry palinca, which is called visinata.

    Water and other internationally known

    liquids are expected to be found. 5

  • SHELTERYou will sleep, in general, at Observator Campus, which looks

    something like this. Here you have a dormitory building

    There are rooms with 4 beds, with a small bathroom. like this one

    ...or under the clear starry sky, if you feel the need to! (Tip: falling asleep under the sky seen from

    the Apuseni Mountains, which you will get to see, is amazing! )

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  • WARMTH We present you:

    ....and the love of our people and organisers!

    Romania has temperate

    continental climate characterized

    by hot summers and cold winters.

    In Cluj Napoca, during summer,

    there are gradually rising daily

    high temperatures, with daily

    highs around 25C but keep in mind that temperatures

    sometimes reach 35 C to nearly 40 C in mid-summer in the city centre. Daily low temperatures are

    around 14C.

    Although average precipitation and

    humidity during summer is low,

    there are infrequent yet heavy

    and often violent storms. Stay

    warm and wear a raincoat!

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  • ROMANIARomania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary

    to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast,

    Ukraine to the east and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east.

    Official Name: Romania

    Location: (Southeastern)

    Central Europe

    Time Zone: GMT + 2

    Flag of Romania: Three vertical

    stripes: blue, yellow and red.

    Population: ~21,400,000 Official Language: Romanian

    Currency: Romanian Leu

    (In English Leu means Lion)

    Capital: Bucharest (Bucuresti)

    Electricity in Romania is 230 V

    alternating at 50 Hz. If you

    travel to Romania with a device

    that does not accept 230 Volts

    at 50 Hertz, you will need a

    voltage converter.

    Outlets in Romania generally

    accept one type of plug: two

    round pins.

    Romania gave birth to some extraordinary scientists and

    engineers, most of whom have actually changed the world. Some

    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

    Poenaru inventor of fountain pen; Emil Racovita founder of biospeleology (the study of organisms living in caves); Anastase

    Dragomir inventor of parachuted chair, an early version of todays ejection seat.

    Furthermore, Romanian engineers have successfully contributed to

    the history of flight. Henri Coanda, Traian Vuia and Aurel

    Vlaicu they all played an important role as pioneers in aerodynamics and aviation.

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  • We have:

    The statue of Decebalus, Europes largest rock sculpture (55 m high).

    It is somewhere along the Danube, near the small city of Orsova,

    in southwestern Romania.

    The first city lit by electric street lamps in Continental Europe, Timisoara

    Timisoara was also the first European city to introduce horse-drawn

    trams, back in 1889.

    The best-preserved Delta in Europe

    7 UNESCO World Heritage sites

    One of the happiest cemeteries on Earth

    Europes second largest underground glacier, the Scarisoara glacier,

    found underneath the Bihor Mountains in Romania. It has a

    volume of 75,000 cubic meters and has existed for more than

    3,500 years.

    The Carpathian Mountains are home to one of the largest virgin

    forests in Europe. 400 unique species of mammals, including the

    Carpathian chamois, call the Carpathian Mountains home. 60% of European brown bear population lives in the Carpathian Mountains.

    Romanian superstitions

    If you break a mirror you will be the happy beneficiary of 7 years of bad luck

    If a black cat crosses the road in front of you, you will have bad luck unless you walk 3 steps

    behind

    If your palm is itching it means that you will either receive some money or you will get beaten

    If you stay in the corner of the table, you will never get married

    If you leave leftovers in your plate then you will marry an ugly wife/husband (so you better like

    the food were gonna give to you! )

    If you have an itchy right foot, you will leave in a journey

    If you drop the scissors, it means your boyfriend / girlfriend cheated you

    A spoon dropped it is a sign that your lover must come

    For having good luck the rest of the year, wear something new for Easter

    If you bite your tongue while eating, is because you recently told a lie

    Salt! This is another much debated item among superstitions. If you spill salt, you will have an

    argument with someone. Salt thrown over your left shoulder will protect you from evil. If you

    spill salt on a doorstep it will guard that house from evil spirits. Salty soup might mean that the

    cook is in love. It is not good to lend salt, because you are giving your wealth away. Wealth you

    might have, that is.

    Never give a bouquet with an even number of flowers to someone. Those are for funeral

    ceremonies or cemeteries.

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  • CLUJ NAPOCAthe second largest city in Romania

    number of universities: 11

    multicultural city aspires to be the European Capital of Culture in the year 2021.

    will be in 2015

    architecture is primarily:

    Renaissance

    Baroque

    ...and Gothic.

    there are also some

    Modern buildings

    from the mid century.

    famous botanical garden, with and nice garden stuff

    the metropolitan area has a population of 411,379 people.

    81.5% of the population of the city are ethnic Romanians, with the second largest ethnic group being the

    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

    hosts a visible population of students and other non-residentsan average of over 20,000 people each year.

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  • FACTS AND THEORIES

    BOUT CLUJ Distances from Cluj to...

    Bucharest: 1625000 books

    Belgrade: 1635000 books

    Budapest: 1775000 books

    Paris: 8000000 books

    Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom: 10495000 books

    Madrid: 11490000 books

    Funafuti, Tuvalu: 75950000 books

    It holds the first open-air museum in Romania, dating from 1929.The

    most ancient objects exhibited there date from 1678. The park's

    main collection is composed of:

    13 traditional farms with some 90 buildings collected from several

    transylvanian ethnographical regions

    34 rural technical installations (mills...)

    5 workshops

    3 wooden churches and a wooden carved cemetery gate.

    Cluj was probably the most turbulent and bustling medieval city of

    Transylvania. While the population of the other cities in Transylvania

    was composed mainly of Saxon colonists, generally considered

    peaceful and homogeneous, Cluj was hospitable to noblemen, to

    merchants and craftsmen and to a great number of adventurers

    belonging to different social classes and nationalities.

    It is the place where the first and biggest human QR Code in

    Europe was made. Hundreds of people (each one being a pixel)

    gathered in Unirii Square to crowdfund an animal shelter, altogether

    with breaking a European record!

    It is said that there is a network of catacombs under the city, that

    link some churches and other important buildings, dating from

    Medieval times. Some even say that theres a tunnel that links the

    Saint Michael Church, the gothic monument from the main square in

    Cluj Napoca to the Cetatuie hill.

    In Medieval times the basements of the houses linked to the

    streets had a hatch used for unloading the merchandises. Some

    basements were extended under the streets, so as someone

    walking in Castrum Clus (as it was firstly called), you couldve

    woked up not on the street, but under it.

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  • HOW TO GET HERE

    By plane:

    Cluj Napoca International Airport (CLJ)

    Address: Str. Traian Vuia 149

    Tel: (264) 416.702

    Email: aercj@codec.ro

    www.airportcluj.ro

    The airport is located at 4 km from the city centre. Taxis are the

    easiest way to get around. Bus number # 8 runs from the airport to

    Piata Mihai Viteazul in the centre of the city and bus number # 5 runs

    from the airport to the railway station.

    Airlines with service to Cluj Napoca:

    Tarom - www.tarom.ro

    Direct flights from/to: Romania (Bucharest, Constanta); Austria (Vienna);

    Germany (Frankfurt); Italy (Bologna); Spain (Madrid); Switzerland

    (Geneva, Zurich), but this company is not really a lowcost one.

    WizzAir - www.wizzair.com

    Direct flights from/to: France (Paris); Germany (Dortmund); Italy (Bologna,

    Milan, Rome/Fiumicino, Venice); Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Parma de

    Mallorca, Valencia); UK (London/Luton); Belgium (Bruxelles);The Netherlands

    (Eindhoven)

    RyanAir - www.ryanair.com

    Another way to get here is by making a stop in Budapest, travelling with

    RyanAir and then you can either take a WizzAir plane or use the other

    means of transportation described below.

    By train:

    Romania has a well-developed railway network that covers virtually the

    whole country. In case you want to visit Romania a bit before our

    awesome Event, here are some details you might want to know:

    Three different services are offered:

    The cheapest and slowest are local the local trains - Regional ( R )

    Faster and more expensive are the InterRegional trains ( IR )

    that require a seat reservation along with the ticket.

    The fastest and the most expensive are Inter-City Trains ( IC )

    The last two types of trains have dining cars and sleepers

    (overnight or long distance trains only).

    For train enthusiasts: Romania has nine steam trains, dating from the

    1920s and '30s, some of which have been restored to provide a luxury

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  • Cluj-Napoca Rail Station

    Located about 2 kilometers north of the city center, it is situated on the CFR-Romanian Railways

    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 very well connected to all

    parts of the city by the trams and buses of the local public transport company, RATUC.

    www.mersultrenurilor.ro

    www.infofer.ro

    www.bahn.de

    By car

    Coordinates: 4646 N 2335 ECluj-Napoca is an important node in the European road network, being

    on three different European routes (E60, E81 and E576). At a national

    level, Cluj-Napoca is located on three different main national roads:

    DN1, DN1C and DN1F.

    Also, Cluj-Napoca can be reached by bus from Bucharest, major cities in

    Romania, most cities in Transylvania, and a number of major cities in Europe.

    Hitchhiking:

    In Romania payment for the ride is often expected, although foreigners

    often arent asked for anything. People expect to be paid for giving

    a ride, but if you tell them in advance that you are unable to pay,

    1 out of 2 will take you anyway.

    When hitchhiking, its best to hold a sign with the name of the place

    you want to go to.

    By thought:

    The safe way is to follow the car route, but as we encourage the

    thinking out of the box mentality, there are no rules and traffic signs

    while travelling like this. Just grab your brain or let it grab you and the two

    of you come here.

    Map of Romania's

    Railways Network

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  • Taxis are the easiest way to get around and

    they are not that expensive.

    If you think about taking one, the address is:

    Campus Observator (Observatory Campus).

    Be sure the taxi-driver turns on the meter!!!

    Bus number #8 runs from the airport to

    Regionala CFR station in the center of the

    city and then you can take bus number #35

    from the Opera station to the station

    Observator.

    If you miss Regionala CFR Station you must

    go to the Piata Mihai Viteazul station and

    then take the bus number #35 from there.

    The public transportation system runs

    between 5:00am and 11:15pm.

    Tickets must be purchased beforehand (4 Lei

    two trips) and validated in the ticket-stamping

    machine upon boarding.

    BUT!!!This info is just for you to feel extra safe ;)

    Were gonna wait for you wherever you land.

    AIRPORT CAMPUS

    Airport

    Regionala CFR

    Piata Mihai Viteazul

    Piata Gariistation

    (Railway station)

    Opera station

    Observatory Campus

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  • CURRENCY AND

    PRICESThe currency of Romania is the leu - plural lei , also called RON

    1 Euro is around 4,5 Romanian lei.

    1 leu is divided into 100 bani.

    coins: 5 bani, 10 bani, 50 bani

    banknotes: 1 leu, 5 lei, 10 lei, 100 lei, 200 lei, 500 lei... and thats

    already too much to be carried in one banknote :)

    Credit card:

    International credit cards like Visa and Master Card are accepted

    in most shops, airline companies, hotels and restaurants.

    Banks & Post offices:

    On week days they are open from 08:00 till 19:00. On Saturdays

    they are open from 08:00 till

    15:00. On Sundays most of them are closed, but you can use

    ATMs round the clock.

    Prices:

    Bus ticket (2 rides): 4 RON

    Taxi: 2 RON/km

    Beer (supermarket): 2-4 RON

    Beer in a bar (0.5l): 4-7 RON

    Wine(0.75l): 8-25 RON

    Vodka (0.75l): 15-60 RON

    Pizza: 15-25 RON

    Mineral water (0.5l): 2-3 RON

    Pack of cigarettes: 12-15 RON

    Coffee: 4-6 RON

    A loaf of bread: 2-3 RON

    Chocolate: 3-6 RON

    Icecream on a stick: 1-3 RON

    Fruit and vegetables: cheap and tasty

    Shaorma(street food): 8-12 RON

    Covrig (Pretzel): 1-2 RON

    Cinema ticket: 5-13 RON

    Tampons: 8-12 RON

    Condoms: 10 RON(3 pieces)

    Entrance in a club: around 5 RON

    Dancing with Mary or Jane: 60 RON/g

    Small notebook: 2-5 RON

    Your portrait made by local artists: 50 RON 15

  • WHAT TO BRING

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  • The list:student ID (you may get discounts with it)

    medical and general travel insurance

    cellphone(and give us your number) and its charger

    It could be useful to have this survival guide printed

    pocket money: cash (lei), credit card

    passport and/or visa, if required (check the expiration date before you leave!)

    photo camera

    a national recipe for the International Evening. You can bring any (special) ingredients and a

    national drink (Alcoholic ones are preferred)

    any party equipment or clothing our lovely organisers asked you to bring through mail

    towel

    a flag representing your country. It can be drawn on a piece of paper if you dont have one.

    Improvise! :)

    personal hygiene stuff: shower gel, soap, shampoo or whatever you use

    personal medication (also against allergies)

    sleeping bag

    swimming suit (just in case)

    a musical instrument, if you feel the need to play. We would be more than happy if so

    slippers

    clothes

    if you have difficulties to sleep in noisy places: earplugs.

    comfortable shoes

    leisurewear (clothes that can get dirty always prove to be useful)

    happy, happy, joy, joy

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  • CONTACTS AND LINKS

    International call prefix: 0040 (+40)

    Mobile phone numbers have a two digit code, regardless of the geographical area in which the user

    resides. The first digit of the code is a seven, and the second one gives the network. For example,

    72 and 73 is for for Vodafone; 74 and 75 for Orange. A sim card with a number and 5 euros costs

    around 22 RON and there are good options with national and international minutes and SMS.

    Important phone numbers:

    Police

    Ambulance

    Fire brigade

    Contacts

    Torjo Nicolae

    Main organizer of the EoE:

    Mobile: 0040 728 589 867

    E-mail: nicolae.torjo@gmail.com

    Skype: Mannick1900

    Andrei Popa

    President of Local BEST Group

    Cluj-Napoca

    Mobile: 0040 746 110 891

    E-mail: andrei.popa@BEST.eu.org

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    Useful links:

    www.wizzair.com

    www.ryanair.com

    www.infofer.ro

    www.autogari.ro

    www.bestcj.ro

    www.google.com

  • BEST CLUJ NAPOCA

    Long story short, were all about

    IMPROVMENT

    and

    FLEXIBILITYFRIENDSHIP

    LEARNINGFUN

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  • Hello, goodbye, thank you and so on..

    Hello. - "Salut."

    Goodbye. PaHow are you? - "Ce mai faci?"

    Thank you. - "Multumesc

    Please - "Vreau!"

    I'm sorry - Imi pare rau"

    I'm hungry - will not be the case

    Whats your name? Cum te cheama?Yes/No Da/Nu

    Phrases we hope you wont need to use

    Im sick Mi-e rauIwoke up in the woods M-am trezit la mama dracu

    I needed a toilet, but now its too late Am facut pisu pe mine

    Are we in Romania? Suntem in Romania?

    Help! - "Ajutor!"

    Im in a relationship - Plimba ursu

    In restaurants, bars and shops

    How much does that cost? Cat costa?Where is the toilet? Unde e buda?I want this Vreau astaCheers! Noroc!One beer O bereAnother one Inca una

    On the street

    Excuse me ScuzeWhat time is it? Cat e ceasul?I dont understand Nu intelegI dont speak Romanian Nu vorbesc romana

    I dont know Nu stiuBus/Train/Aeroport Autobuz/ Tren/ Airoport

    Where is ...? - Unde este...?

    Random

    I'm tired - "Cheful suge"

    I'm sorry about last night - Mai Gheo, tu

    chiar nu stii de gluma?

    That happens sometimes, but I wasn't

    upset with you, OK? - De putut, pot,

    de vrut, vreau si de stiut, stiu dar nu vad

    de ce atata graba

    I Love you 404Youre cute just constantly stare and smile at him/her

    Drop your panties, Sir William; I cannot

    wait until lunchtime! - Bat si fut ca

    masina de cusut, Sir William.

    Numbers

    One - unu

    Two - Doi

    Three - Trei

    COMMUNICATIONThe official language is Romanian, a Romance

    language. Most educated people born after about

    1970 will speak reasonably good English and will

    likely be proficient in one or more second

    Romance languages, Beyond that, as in any major

    city, there will be a smattering of other languages.

    But you have to be prepared for everything, so

    heres to surviving like a pro:

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  • FOR SELF ESTEEM AND SELF

    ACTUALIZATION...

    We have joy

    We have fun

    We have B E E R S in the sun!

    E D V E T

    S U E G U

    T C N A D

    A T R E

    T D N

    I I T

    O N S

    N G

    so... a flight! But first of all, dont be shy, just apply!

    ...even old Maslow says:

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  • TO DO:

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  • 12

    3

    4

    5

    find the 5 words!

    P.S: each of

    them

    have at least 4

    letters.

    this free space is not here by mistake.

    You can draw the person whos standing

    next to you, or whatever that pops into

    your funny

    GOODIES FOR THE LONG TRIP

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  • BEST Cluj-Napoca awaits you!

    23 July 2014-31 July 2014