Romania 2015

Romania. Five years ago, all I could have told you was that it was in Eastern Europe. I probably would have said that that’s where Dracula came from. Because Transylvania is there, right?

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All of that changed when I met L, who has roots in Romania. I learned so much about it in a short period of time – that yes, it is in Eastern Europe, and that it boasts both Black Sea beaches and peaks in the Carpathian Mountains. I learned that no, the language is not Slavic, it’s much closer to Latin, as well as the Italian that I studied in college. And finally that yes, Transylvania is in Romania, and that Vlad the Impaler is a historical treasure of sorts.

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It took four years of dating for us to finally make the trip, and by the time I stepped off of the plane in Bucharest in September 2015, I had high expectations. Boy, did it impress. Romania is beautiful – it’s a bit gritty, and still has scars from the Revolution – but my goodness is it lovely. From the architecture, to the land, to the sounds and smells, every bit of it takes hold of you. Moreover, the people were fantastic: from L’s extended family, to any person who we spoke to in shops, restaurants, and museums, to the people who patiently listened to my halting attempts to speak Romanian.

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Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing photos and thoughts about some of the cities we visited.  Hopefully, you’ll see why I loved it so much, and why I look forward to returning. It really was an exceptional trip – maybe you’ll even be tempted to visit yourself!

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2 thoughts on “Romania 2015

  1. They turned out really well despite all the mist! The Lumix has been great to us — I can’t wait to see your photos…you have so many exciting things coming up to photograph 🙂

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