Happy New Year 2013!

New Year's Eve fireworks at the University Square, in front of the National Theatre and the Intercontinental hotel.

This wish goes out to everybody, but most of all to the travellers around the world. May this year be a fulfilling one for all of you, out there, whatever you want to see, experience, find, or know.
Loads of people pass through a hostel, much more so than through a hotel. A hostel can feel the pulse of the travelling trends. They change from one year to the next, and from one season to the other. 2007 and 2008 were the years of the Aussies, when they practically invaded Bucharest and, I imagine, Europe. 2009 was the year of crazy adventurers: a guy from Japan comes from his home to Romania walking ( it took him 2 years to do this feat); a couple of guys from Norway come by kayak from the origin of the Danube river, in the Black Forest, Germany, to Giurgiu, Romania, passing through 7 countries. 2010 was the year of school trips, students from France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Belgium come in groups to experience Romania. 2011 had a crazy summer, people all over the world, from the most unlikely countries, stormed through Bucharest, in big numbers and fast as lightning, staying just for one or two days in the city; they were hungry to see as much as possible :). 2012 was the year of “slow tourism”, and everybody took their time, relaxed, trying not as much to SEE and VISIT, as to get to know the place and the people. It felt like a year when people drew their breath, took their time, and it was obvious in their manner too: not moving so much, not speaking so fast and loud, not drinking as much. Real travelling.
So, I wonder, what is this year going to be like? How does a new beginning change the mind and soul of the eternal traveller? I’m talking, of course, about the new Mayan Year and the change we have all heard about for the past few years. We’ll just have to wait and see…

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