"Absurdistan, wooden churches, Dracula. And cheese." Romania by Romanian_Bat

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Dracula Park? Bad roads? Stupid bureaucracy? Lousy officials? Gypsies? Ceausescu? Compulsory seat reservation on most train tickets? Ugly communist architecture? Poverty? For sure these all make up the present or past reality in Romania, but this is not all. Beyond the damaged and dusty package and the odd smell, Romania has things for people to discover. Drop the guide book and the already familiar images you have got from the international magazines and come to see for yourself. After all, no camera whatsoever has the sensitivity of the human eye...

Whether in the middle of the Danube Delta, up the trails of Fagaras Mountains, in Sighetu Marmatiei, Iasi, Cluj or Bucharest, you will never, ever know what you are going to get. You may go to a restaurant in one of those fine old Transylvanian cities, ask for zacusca, be served aubergine salad instead and get a bill for pork steak (the price of which is listed by 100 g. in the menu and not by the portion anyway). Then, this is one of the few countries I have been to where people's ego goes far beyond any imagination and where people will always blame everyone else but themselves for their own incompetence or / and impotence. But to hell, Welcome to Romania and do not worry, it is going to be a unique experience. One that you will never forget. Amen (enters the choir of priests in black).

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  • Neit's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2008 at 4:36 AM

    A wonderful page about your country¡ I stayed there 3 years ago and I was sincerely surprised. Maramures was shocking, beautiful, different... One of the best places I have visited.

  • doug48's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    alexandru, great romania page. i am contemplating a trip to romania and your pages were very helpful ! thanks.

  • paul.b's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Great Romanian info RB. Thanks. I'm coming to Romania in June and your info and advice is very illuminating. Regards, Paul.

  • DanishInRomania's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2008 at 1:56 AM

    Very helpful advice. Currently I live in Târgu Neamt and will eagerly seek out all the best hiking trails and beautiful monasteries in this quiet area of Romania.

  • lavalie's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2007 at 7:35 AM

    Dear Alexandru, We have been in Rumania last summer and autumn. Your detailed information inspire us to plan a new trip to Romania, especially Maramures, Bukovina and Transylvania.

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2007 at 6:19 AM

    wow,these some great tips and photos!i'll definitely have to come back for more;thanks

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Alex, I hope all is well in lovely Bucharest. Fabulous accomodation updates here. Very useful for my next trip to Romania.

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:37 AM

    Great page, very informative! We're thinking about visiting Romania next year. I do want to see Bran castle :-) , Dracula or not...

  • kenyneo's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2007 at 12:42 AM

    lovely page on Romania ...

  • Scarlie's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2007 at 3:02 AM

    Loved your page. We are planning a short visit to Romania in a few weeks and this gave us lots of tips. Thanks!

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