Ok I think I can squeeze in a couple more minutes before I get chased away again. So It’s a beautifully sunny day in Romania. We had a wonderful stay here last night, thanks to the internet. Today we head west to the border, it’s about 200km away. But let me fill you in on how we got here, hopefully for the last time. So Bulgaria was great, very beautiful but I know Will and I missed out on most of the thing one should see when they are in Bulgaria. After 3 days we entered Romania. We felt an immediate relief as the people seemed friendlier, and the writing was recognisable. Romanian sound a lot like Italian so that’s helped a bit too. The landscape is just as beautiful. We have passed through magical forests with giant pine trees covered in moss. It really adds to the whole vampire theme. There are beautiful mountains and like Turkey, most are still covered in a bit of snow, giving them that real Sound of Music feel. Our first night was spent at a very cheap little motel where we met a nice young guy who showed us the routes we should take to see all the best castles and landscapes. The next day we drove further north to a little town in the mountains where we saw our first castle. It was such a beautiful castle. really from some kind of fairy tale. It had a giant tower and the most beautiful decorations on everything that could be decorated. The garden was stunning too. Statues of little angels and demons and animals were scattered all over with flowers and hedges in between as well as a fountain with some really scary looking faces. We didn’t pay to go inside as we figured the outside was beautiful enough to satisfy us. Plus it was too expensive. we then walked back down the forest path to the town centre where we had a yummy lunch of pizza and a free beer. That night we stayed in a mountain cabin.
the next day we were to see Dracula’s Castle. This Castle in Bran is where the rumours of vampires were said to have begun. This castle seemed a little smaller but we could go inside too. It was very interesting to see how the people of the 13th century designed and decorated their homes, and in this case, castles. It had the most beautiful little quart yard in the middle too, complete with a well and wine cellar. Throughout the interior there were fotos of what it used to look like when the Romanian royalty lived there, this was very interesting too. There weren’t too many of the original furniture pieces in the house but it still made you feel like you had been transported 100 years back. Will and I then enjoyed a delicious lunch of tomatoes and cheese with bread. This seems to have become our staple diet. It’s cheap, healthy and super yum. That night we camped in one of these enchanted forests right next to a gushing river. It was very magical and peaceful. We made some couscous for dinner as just as we got to bed it started raining. My internal clock has been messed up slightly due to the fact that it only get dark here at about 9:30 to 10:00. It’s not great because we still have to get up early in the morning, especially if we are staying in a motel.
Yesterday was spent mostly driving and trying to find a place with internet. But we were in luck when we found this place that was both cheap and internet friendly. So like I said, today will also be spent driving, eating and taking photos. I really enjoyed Romania, there is a lot of history in this country and the people are really friendly, not to mention the beautiful scenery we have seen. I know I haven’t put photos up in ages but I will try to do that when I feel more comfortable and not rushed on like I do here. Possibly at Niko’s place. And so, on to more adventures. I hope to write again soon.