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Snapshots from Romania!

It all began one night, when a friend and I sat staring at the world map. I had landed a fat assignment and finally reached my savings goal for a long overdue trip out of India. After turning down many drab international 3-4 day FAM trips that offered nothing immersive or even remotely exciting, I craved a mix of the east and the west, interesting food and the chance to experience a culture I knew little about. Romania seemed to tick all the boxes. Flights were booked, visa hurdles painfully crossed, and off we went. Into a world that continues to delight and surprise me.

I’ll let these pictures give you a glimpse of our time so far in Romania:

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1. A SURREAL GLIMPSE OF EASTERN EUROPE IN BRASOV
, a big city where time has almost forgotten these Soviet-era cars and homes.

Romania photos, Brasov photos, Brasov Romania

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2. AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE EAST AND WEST
with dome-shaped churches that almost resemble mosques – the Baroque style of architecture.

Romania churches, Romanian architecture

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3. STROLLING ALONG THE STREETS OF BRASOV
taking in the traditional architecture and modern way of life; a blend that can perhaps be found only in Romania.

Romanian architecture, Brasov Romania, Brasov photos

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4. MY HOME IN A COBBLED YARD
in a restored 100-year-old house called Casa Matei in Brasov.

Brasov Romania, blog Romania

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5. PEOPLE WATCHING AT A CHARMING LITTLE CAFE
called Bistro del Arte, in the old town of Brasov.

Brasov photos, Brasov Romania

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6. INDULGING IN VEGETARIAN ROMANIAN FOOD
available everywhere in Romania. Orthodox Catholics in the country observe a vegan fast twice a week or for 6 weeks before Christmas and Easter, so every local resto offers marcare de post (fasting menu) featuring veggie dishes without eggs or dairy. This zakuska (dips of mushroom, eggplant and beans) was a real treat.

Romania vegetarian food, Romania food

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7. TRANSPORTED TO A DIFFERENT ERA
with dinner in a wine cellar and a live violin performance.

Brasov photos, blog Romania, Brasov Romania

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8. A STRIKING IMAGE OF EASTERN EUROPE
caught on a train ride through Transylvania.

Eastern Europe, Romania photos

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9. DEEP IN THE CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS
a glimpse of the Romanian countryside, in the charming mountain village of Magura, located within a national park.

Romania countryside, Romania villages, Magura Romania

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10. HORSE CARTS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT
as though we’ve time-travelled, and not merely taken a train an hour from Brasov.

Romania countryside, Romania villages, Magura Romania

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11. LIFE IN RURAL ROMANIA
where sheep breeding is the primary occupation, men still use scythes to cut grass, and people collect hay in the summer to feed their cattle in winter. Yet, everyone has modern cars and traditional houses equipped with central heating and other urban comforts.

Romania countryside, Romania villages, Magura Romania

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12. MY WINDOW TO THE WORLD
; our attic in the village home of a Romanian family in Magura.

Magura Romania, Romania villages, attic

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Has Romania made it to your wish list yet? 

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