Friday, 16 April 2010

Driving in Cluj

Our friend doesn't drive in Transylvania. He mostly walks or takes the bus (or tram, or trolley bus). If he does need to travel by car then he has some good friends nearby who are kind enough to drive him (one of them gave up two days to drive us to Sighisoara and Maramures!) Having been driven in Transylvania, I totally understand our friend's decision....

I mentioned already that a LOT of people live in Cluj given the geographical size of the city. This, of course, means that there's a lot of traffic! The cars tend to be rather old Dascia make, or quite new and a variety of makes. All of them tend to be very dusty! (We saw a large number of car washes and a large number of dirty cars!!)


(The older-style Dascia cars have a reputation something like the older-style Skodas in this country...)

Driving can often involve weaving from lane to lane to avoid horses and carts, or people pushing carts along a busy ring road:


Parking often involves finding a space that isn't really big enough but making it work anyway!


Even when you drive a police car...


One thing I liked was that the traffic lights had a countdown display so you could see how long there was before it changed red or green. (It didn't mean people didn't jump red lights, but still, I thought it was a good idea!) Pedestrian crossings would often have this countdown, too.


This road sign here? Well, it didn't appear to mean anything at all in our experience...

9 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the parking style! That could definitely work in San Francisco!
Rinda

Jane said...

So funny!! Great post :)

Elizabeth said...

Glasgow has the countdown pedestrian crossings too!

I'm really enjoying your holiday descriptions.

Scrappi Sandi said...

Now I drove a Skoda for several years (from age 19!!) & took plenty of stick about it!!!

I am so enjoying your holiday snaps & hearing all about the places you visited.

Have a great weekend...enjoy the crop...I'll be dropping in when I can!!

Amy said...

Oh the parking! What a great shot :-)

Cheryl said...

yay someone parks like me only joking x

helena said...

I've often wanted to park like that!

Karen said...

The parking job is amazing. I wonder what would happen here if we tried that! I tagged you on my blog. I hope you don't mind.

Jennifer Rose said...

I've seen people park like that here lol not the cops tho the countdown on crossings is a great idea