I Had To Flee The Country. Sort Of.

Legally, I had to leave the country. 

Sort of. 

I don't have a visa to live in Serbia, so I can't stay here for more than three months at a time.

I had to cross a border, and we decided that the cheapest and easiest way to do that was to hop on a bus trip to Timisoara, Romania.

There, we were given a quick tour of the town's historic district and saw the Romanian Orthodox Church, the city centre and surrounding buildings, and a big-ass mall.

'Twas dope.

And weird. Romania is a little weird.

 Timisoara is quite the lovely little town. It's nickname is actually "Little Vienna." This is the Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral located in the city centre. 

Timisoara is quite the lovely little town. It's nickname is actually "Little Vienna." This is the Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral located in the city centre. 

Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral

I loved all the architecture here. The style of buildings in Eastern Europe is beautiful. And original.

Growing up, I saw pictures of buildings in Western Europe all the time, and I saw tons of photos of Asian and Middle Eastern buildings too.

But I was never exposed to many examples from Eastern Europe. (Probably 'cuz of the whole "Cold War" thing. Psh.)

Which is a shame, because they really are impressive. 

 Eastern Orthodox churches seem to always have a ton of gold in them. We're talking "Cribs"-level amounts.

Eastern Orthodox churches seem to always have a ton of gold in them. We're talking "Cribs"-level amounts.

 See?

See?

 Striking detail in the picture and the frame. Also, Jesus' chair looks like it's probably super comfortable. 

Striking detail in the picture and the frame. Also, Jesus' chair looks like it's probably super comfortable. 

 Goldie Gold Goldino Gold Gold...... Gold.

Goldie Gold Goldino Gold Gold...... Gold.

 The full effect... Amaze-balls.

The full effect... Amaze-balls.

Victory Square (Piata Victoriei)

Timisoara Orthodox Church sits on the edge of the Piata Victoriei, a historic square with both old and new buildings and some nice little shops.

And a McDonalds. McDonalds is everywhere. 

Check it. 

 Proof that Communism sucks the souls out of people: 19th century building and a Communist era one. Side-by-side.

Proof that Communism sucks the souls out of people: 19th century building and a Communist era one. Side-by-side.

 Christmas decorations are still up. Honestly, I'm just showing off my super dope photography skills. I should be famous. Why am I not famous?

Christmas decorations are still up. Honestly, I'm just showing off my super dope photography skills. I should be famous. Why am I not famous?

 The  Romanian National Opera House . They asked me to stay and sing. I had to decline. (Mostly because I can't sing.) 

The Romanian National Opera House. They asked me to stay and sing. I had to decline. (Mostly because I can't sing.) 

 I don't know. I was really into the font/logo. 

I don't know. I was really into the font/logo. 

 How Transylvanian are those roofs? Adams Family-level coolness.

How Transylvanian are those roofs? Adams Family-level coolness.

 Sexy statue status!!! What what!

Sexy statue status!!! What what!

 Some cool street art. Purdy colors and such. 

Some cool street art. Purdy colors and such. 

 I'm just so damn talented at taking pictures of other people's art and creativity...

I'm just so damn talented at taking pictures of other people's art and creativity...

Union Square (Piata Unirii)

I'm gonna be honest. The tour guide only spoke in Serbian, so I had no idea what was going on.

I'm not sure where Victory Square ends and Union Square starts. There might even be another square somewhere in between that I'm forgetting.

Meh. 

  St. George's Cathedral (The Catholic Dome) . 'Tis a lovely shade of mustard. Also I think that  statue in front  is in remembrance of the plague. THE FRIGGIN' PLAGUE!

St. George's Cathedral (The Catholic Dome). 'Tis a lovely shade of mustard. Also I think that statue in front is in remembrance of the plague. THE FRIGGIN' PLAGUE!

 This is the inside of the Serbian Orthodox Church. I didn't get a good picture of the outside. Apologies. Being in Europe has made me realize just how boring Methodists really are. (I'm a Methodist.)

This is the inside of the Serbian Orthodox Church. I didn't get a good picture of the outside. Apologies. Being in Europe has made me realize just how boring Methodists really are. (I'm a Methodist.)

 Saints and such.

Saints and such.

 I don't want to be offensive, but this tiny building was behind the church and reminds me of the small hut in Mulan where she goes to pray to her ancestors. 

I don't want to be offensive, but this tiny building was behind the church and reminds me of the small hut in Mulan where she goes to pray to her ancestors. 

The Mall

The bus trip we went on goes from Belgrade to Timisoara.

It's main purpose? Shopping. 

We went on a shopping day-trip.

Oof.

I guess Romania has some really lax customs laws with Serbia, so people like to go there for cheap manufactured goods. 

And the mall in Timisoara, the Iulius Mall, is one of the largest in Eastern Europe. 

The place is massive. The stuff is cheap. And the people watching is a damn good time.  

 The whole place had an odd look too it. Low ceilings. Dark colors. Endless and winding hallways. It felt like we were in the human equivalent of an ant hill. Also, Serbians are some of the tallest people in the world. Romanians? Not so much (which might explain the low ceilings). It was nice not to feel so tiny again. 

The whole place had an odd look too it. Low ceilings. Dark colors. Endless and winding hallways. It felt like we were in the human equivalent of an ant hill. Also, Serbians are some of the tallest people in the world. Romanians? Not so much (which might explain the low ceilings). It was nice not to feel so tiny again. 

 Oh look. A Subway. 'Merica!

Oh look. A Subway. 'Merica!

 KFC was by far the most packed place at the food court. Also, I guess there was a spill situation here? Or maybe that dude just stepped in something. I can't really tell. 

KFC was by far the most packed place at the food court. Also, I guess there was a spill situation here? Or maybe that dude just stepped in something. I can't really tell. 

 This is where I ate, El Burrito. I had to taste the Romanian interpretation of Mexican food. I had to. When I went up to the cashier, he had to go grab the guy from the back that speaks English, so I could tell him what I wanted on my burrito. 

This is where I ate, El Burrito. I had to taste the Romanian interpretation of Mexican food. I had to. When I went up to the cashier, he had to go grab the guy from the back that speaks English, so I could tell him what I wanted on my burrito. 

 Boom. A Romanian-made burrito. The rice was curry rice. Which was strange. And everything else, from the beans to the sauce, was just a little bit different. It was delicious. But it definitely wasn't Mexican. 

Boom. A Romanian-made burrito. The rice was curry rice. Which was strange. And everything else, from the beans to the sauce, was just a little bit different. It was delicious. But it definitely wasn't Mexican. 

 I know this pic is blurry. Whatever. We went to the huge grocery store in the mall and... they had... *deep, out-of-shape breaths*... MOUNTAIN DEW!!!! I'm a Midwesterner. I'm obsessed with the Dew, and they don't have it anywhere in Serbia. I was in heaven. 

I know this pic is blurry. Whatever. We went to the huge grocery store in the mall and... they had... *deep, out-of-shape breaths*... MOUNTAIN DEW!!!! I'm a Midwesterner. I'm obsessed with the Dew, and they don't have it anywhere in Serbia. I was in heaven. 

 I wonder if Dracula banks here. Cuz of the Transilvania. Get it?

I wonder if Dracula banks here. Cuz of the Transilvania. Get it?

Romania was a good time. The people are nice and the language sounds like Italian (which you wouldn't guess, but I guess its strongly based in Latin).

Plus the stuff there is cheap.

We'll definitely be taking more trips there when the weather is nicer.

At the very least to get more Mountain Dew.