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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 you’re vegetarian, send an e-mail to the organisers and we’ll 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.

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SHELTER You 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:

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 25째C but keep in mind that temperatures sometimes reach 35 째C to nearly 40 째C in mid-summer in the city centre. Daily low temperatures are around 14째C. Although average precipitation and humidity during summer is low, there are infrequent yet heavy and often violent storms. Stay warm and wear a raincoat!

....and the love of our people

and organisers!

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ROMANIA Romania 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 today’s 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, Europe’s 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 Europe’s 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 we’re 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 NAPOCA the 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-residents—an 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 there’s 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 could’ve 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 travel experience.

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Map of Romania's Railways Network

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: 46°46 N 23°35 E Cluj-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 aren’t 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, it’s 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.

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AIRPORT

CAMPUS

Airport Regionala CFR Piata Mihai Viteazul 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.

“Piata Garii”station (Railway station) “Opera” station Observatory Campus

BUT!!! This info is just for you to feel extra safe ;) We’re gonna wait for you wherever you land.

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CURRENCY AND PRICES The 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 that’s 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

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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 don’t 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

112 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

Useful links: www.wizzair.com www.ryanair.com www.infofer.ro www.autogari.ro www.bestcj.ro www.google.com

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BEST CLUJ NAPOCA

IMPROVMENT

and FUN

LEARNING FLEXIBILITY

Long story short, we’re all about

FRIENDSHIP

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COMMUNICATION The 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 here’s to surviving like a pro: Hello, goodbye, thank you and so on..

On the street

Hello. - "Salut." Goodbye. –“Pa” How are you? - "Ce mai faci?" Thank you. - "Multumesc” Please - "Vreau!" I'm sorry - “Imi pare rau" I'm hungry - will not be the case What’s your name? – “Cum te cheama?” Yes/No – “Da/Nu”

Excuse me – “Scuze” What time is it? –“Cat e ceasul?” I don’t understand – “Nu inteleg” I don’t speak Romanian – “Nu vorbesc romana” I don’t know – “Nu stiu” Bus/Train/Aeroport – “Autobuz/ Tren/ Airoport” Where is ...? - “Unde este...?”

Phrases we hope you won’t need to use

Random

I’m sick – “Mi-e rau” Iwoke up in the woods – “M-am trezit la mama dracu’ ” I needed a toilet, but now it’s too late – “Am facut pisu pe mine” Are we in Romania? – “Suntem in Romania?” Help! - "Ajutor!" I’m in a relationship - “Plimba ursu”

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 – 404 You’re 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.”

In restaurants, bars and shops How much does that cost? – “Cat costa?” Where is the toilet? – “Unde e buda?” I want this –“Vreau asta” Cheers! –“Noroc!” One beer – “O bere” Another one –“Inca una”

Numbers One - “unu” Two - “Doi” Three - “Trei”

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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, don’t be shy, just apply!

...even old Maslow says:

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TO DO:

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GOODIES FOR THE LONG TRIP this free space is not here by mistake. You can draw the person who’s standing next to you, or whatever that pops into your funny

find the 5 words! P.S: each of them have at least 4 letters.

1 2 3 4 5

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