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5 places to visit in Romania

Hello everyone! If you are planning to go on a trip in Europe, you should consider visiting Romania too.

Here are some interesting destinations!

1. The Bucegi Mountains

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The Bucegi Mountains are part of the Carphatian Mountains and they are the tallest in Romania. The Omu Peak has 2,505 meters. The Bucegi is believed to be mountain Kogainon, a holy Dacian mountain where the God Zalmoxis lived in a cave.

The Romanian Sphinx is one of the attractions you can see in The Bucegi Natural Park. It is a natural rock formation that resembles the Egyptian Sphinx. When looked at from a certain angle, the profile of a person can be seen.

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Babele (translated to “old women”) are rock formations that were shaped in time by wind and rain. They can also be found in the Bucegi National Park only a few meters away from The Sphinx.

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2. The Peles Castle

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The Peles Castle is a very popular tourist destination. It is located in Sinaia and it was constructed by King Carol I in a Neo-Renaissance style. Tourists can visit the first and second floor of the Castle that include some of the most impressive rooms: The Regal Library, The Hall of Honour and the Music Room.

The Hall of Honour

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The Regal Library

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The Music Room

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3.  The Bran Castle

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The Bran Castle is located in the Transylvania Region of Romania and it was constructed in the 1300s. It is known as the castle of Dracula from the famous Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. The real-life Dracula that lived inside the castle is Vlad The Impaler. He was known for his cruelty, killing approximately 100,000 people during his life time. The name of ‘Impaler’ comes from his favourite killing method: impaling the victims using big vertical stakes attached to the ground.

 

4. The Transfagarasan Highway

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The Transfagarasan is a 90 km (60 miles) long mountain road in the Carpathian Mountains. Its sharp turns can be a challenge for drivers and the maximum speed limit is 40km/h (25miles/h). The highest point of the road (2,034 m altitude) passes by the Bâlea Lake where the first European ice hotel was built. The road is open from June until October.

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5. Bucharest

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Bucharest is the capital and the cultural centre of Romania. The architecture of the city is a mix of neo-classical, interbellum and modern styles. Its beautiful buildings and elegant architecture earned it the name of Little Paris. 

The Palace of Parliament, located in central Bucharest, is the second largest administrative building in the world and it has over 1,100 rooms. The construction started in 1983 and it was finalised in 1997. The building cost is estimated at 3 billion Euro.

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I hope this post made you a bit more curious about Romania! It is never too early to start planning your next trip!

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Posted in All things 301, Intern advice, Written by Katie

Exam Revision

IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!! My favourite and least favourite part of the year all in one. Whilst the decorations are fantastic and you get to spend time with family, it has also been a time for  important exams for the past 7 years of my life. So what are my top tips for balancing Christmas celebrations and revision?

Take a break

It is called the Christmas holidays for a reason. Take some time to chill with friends and family. Admittedly, I have never done this before this year. Exam stress gets in the way of taking a break. This year however I am taking off two weeks off in the hope I get back to my studies refreshed.

 Do all your reading before you leave uni for Christmas

I have friends who stay until Christmas eve which is actually a great idea. You can use the books you need in the library and catch up on any reading you have outstanding. This means you don’t need to lug heavy textbooks on the train home. It also means you won’t need to study too hard over the break (see point 1).

 Get colourful

I write all my notes in colours, it makes them easier to read as the black on the white is quite harsh on your eyes. You can also make colourful revision cards.

Make things memorable

Add drawings to your notes and revision cards. You don’t need to be Picasso, they can be simple drawings that relate to what you are trying to remember. For example there is a contract law case that every law student in the country knows called Donohugh v Stevenson. It’s about a woman who got sick drinking ginger beer as it had a decapitated snail in it. Guess what I drew on that revision card? Ginger beer and a snail.

Mind maps

Okay trust me with this one, you may think you need too much detail for mind maps but if a law student can fit enough detail on a mind map so can you. I do one per topic (sometimes two if it is really detailed) and add the case names from my revision cards. Then I keep re-drawing them adding the things I missed in red. After 5 or 6 goes I’ve remembered it. I also say everything relevant from the revision card out loud and check over it if I can’t remember. You can even buy whiteboard paper that sticks to your wall via static leaving no marks behind so your not wasting paper- it’s on amazon.

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Managing your anxiety during deadline season

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Everyone gets anxiety at some point in their lives, and it can go up or down for students depending on the time of year and how many assignments you have to complete. I have found some ways of coping that work for me when it comes to deadline season, and hopefully they might be useful to some of you who get anxiety or stress around this time!

  1. Focus on one thing at a time

One of the main things that I do when it comes to deadlines is trying to focus on too many things at the same time. The brain can only cope with so many tasks at once, and sometimes you can be doing an assignment or revision and your mind wanders off to another worry. Keep focused on the task that you are trying to complete, and worry about the other thing later. Let ‘future you’ deal with that when it comes to it!

  1. Google calendars and check lists!

To make sure that you don’t worry about lots of things at once, organise your life with Google Calendars so you know where you have to be, and use check lists (either written down or online – Checkli is a great website!) so you know what piece of work you will be doing and when. It is so satisfying when you can finally tick off a task, and it is quite rewarding when you know you have completed it. Don’t feel pressure to stick strictly to a check list if you have decided you don’t have time on a particular day, or if you’re feeling too exhausted to complete something.

  1. Take regular breaks

This is probably drilled into your head all of the time but it is so important to take regular breaks. Whether that be watching your favourite Netflix programme, or going out with some friends, make sure to wind down now and then so that your brain has a rest from the work.

  1. Try not to focus on the future, focus on the ‘now’

Part of Mindfulness (which I really recommend, head on over to the University Counselling Service to find out more!) is making sure you focus on the present, rather than the future. This is often the cause of lots of stress, and sometimes you cannot control what will happen in the future. All you can do is try your best in the current moment, and the future will sort itself out. Perhaps organise the weeks ahead at first, but don’t think about them until the time comes to complete the task.

  1. Talk through it

If you’re struggling, I couldn’t recommend more to speak to someone. I have been doing this more and more and you begin to realise things about yourself as other people can bring another perspective to a situation. If the stress and anxiety from university work is getting you down, speak to a friend, a family member, a colleague, a lecturer, anyone! And be sure to go to your GP or the counselling service if it all gets too much. People are here to support you and there is always someone you can talk to at university who will listen.

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Having a Productive Winter Vacation

By the time the Christmas holidays arrive, I often feel burnt-out from the Autumn Semester and can find it tempting to do nothing but binge-watch Netflix. You can do this for a few days over the break (especially if you’re feeling particularly fragile after all the festivities), but it’s also important to make sure you’re being productive. Here are some of my top tips for doing just that!

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Get the important stuff done first

If you’ve got deadlines in January then these should be your priority. I have a 4,000 word essay to write and a difficult exam to revise for but I’m going to try and get a lot of this work done before Christmas so that I can fully enjoy myself. You don’t want to be worrying too much about all the work you have to do when you should be relaxing and having fun!

Look ahead

If you’ve got lots of reading to do for the Spring Semester then it might be worth trying to tackle some of this early. Or, if you’re in your final year, you might be looking to apply for grad jobs but just haven’t had the time at uni – so now is your opportunity!  For other years, it might be good to think about your Summer plans – do you want to do an internship, go travelling, or work part-time? Start applying before everyone else!

Catch up with family and friends

Don’t waste your break being in your room on your own (though, as discussed above, this is often tempting!). The Winter Vacation is a great time to properly meet up with family and friends that you probably won’t have spent quality time with in a while.

Get into a good exercise routine

Nothing helps to spur your productivity like exercise. If I go to the gym, I often feel more energised and able to tackle the various other things I need to do that day. You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym to do this – you could work out at home, or go for a run in your spare time.

Relax!

It’s so important to enjoy yourself and give your mind and body some well-deserved relaxation time. If you need to sleep a little longer than usual, go ahead! It’s Christmas!!!