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Snapshots from Romania!

Romania photos, Brasov photos, Brasov 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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42 Comments

  1. Ugggghhh. Your awesome blog updates frustrates me. Because I’m stuck. In the corporate world that you quit!

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  2. Rachit says

    I would have never read about Romania in detail if I hadn’t read your blog 🙂 Keep posting and can you share the camera and lens you use ( hope it’s not too much to ask for 😛 ) .

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  3. Fascinating to see Europe in this way! I didn’t expect the horse cart still in use, or hay being gathered by scythe and pitchfork. Why do the Romanians work without petrol? Is it for the sheer joy/pleasure, because it’s inexpensive/economical, for a religious reason (like the Amish in the USA), or environmentalist? Or some other reason?

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    • serban says

      they worked like that since they were called Valahians or tracians, why should they change that? why buy a machine of some short and pay for it and for gas when you can use a horse(witch is a friend and someone to care for),it’s tradition the same as best french wines are made with your feet and not some machine,as for petrol,romania has the largest suplies of petrol and gas in europe

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  4. Shivya, what a beautiful post, through your images you document the healthy, rural live of the locals. Living in the U.S. , having moved over here 24 years ago from Germany, I really can relate to this wonderful culture, though haven’t been in Romania yet, but in Hungaria and Bulgaria, next month on my way to Germany for a wedding I will spent a few days in Krackau, Poland. I wonder what will be your next destination in Eastern Europe?

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  5. Hi Shivya, its so wonderful to see someone follow their dreams and actually live life on impulse. I came across your blog about 2 weeks back and since then, all I can think of is making my dream of living in the English countryside come true.

    Meanwhile, would you be able to give me an idea of the duration of your trip to Romania, and how much would it cost on an average, including travel expenses to and fro..
    Cheers!!

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  6. Packing my Suitcase says

    Amazing!! Yes, it has definitely on my wish list 😀 great photos!

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  7. Beautiful images… love how you captured the essence of the country with these photos. Loved the one of you looking out of the window.

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  8. Beautiful story told through the lens. Needless to say I was transported to Romania. I had always wondered about Eastern European countries and their lush green meadows and today I experienced a glimpse of it.

    Tell me one thing Shivya is Romania trip super expensive or one can fit it in a doable budget.

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  9. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Dreams are made up such stuff! Bewitching indeed!
    This is another shot in the arm for the Vagabondian spirit contained inside me. Added to my bucket list. Thanks Shivya Nath!

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  10. Hey Shivya…got introduced to you and the blog through the July 2014 BBC travel write-up ..and I have to say this..you have truly inspired me. It takes a lot of guts and courage to leave a comfortable setting, follow your dream and stick to it. I like your style of writing, the photographs..it transports me to a different world where i am discovering these new places through your eyes. Thank you and have a safe travel 🙂

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  11. Nice post Shivya – Romania’s always been somewhere on my “places to go” list but it’s moved up a bit now. Looks really chilled.

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  13. Shivya, hats off for turning down the FAM trips & making, paying through your own travel. You are inspiring people while people like me help them make it happen in a small way! 🙂

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  14. twobootsadventures says

    I’ve been meaning to go to Romania since I watched Top Gear episode where they go on theTransfăgărășan road. Check that out if you’ve time.

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  16. Wow! What a wonderful post and photos that tell about the life in Romanian..While seeing your photos, time paused for few minutes, transcending me back into the bygone era of Eastern Europe. You have some incredible clicks. Way to go…!!

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  17. Sarah@Travelcake says

    I hadn’t really thought of Romania as a destination, but I’m starting to reconsider. Especially the rural areas got me interested!

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  19. Did you ever plan to visit Auschwitz camps in another Eastern European country – Poland? Was reading about it in one of the blogs, though have read extensively about these Nazi camps. Thought of just checking with you…

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  20. Hi Shivya!

    Your blog site is amazing! So informative and inspiring. I love the photos of the places you’ve been to. Each photo tells a story. These photos are memories to last you a lifetime. The places you have been to and are going to see need not be forgotten. I can’t wait to read more about your travels and view your wonderful photos.

    You can actually share your photos and videos to more people. I discovered an awesome website that let’s you share pictures and videos and helps you remember specific locations you’ve traveled to.

    Have you ever taken photos on a trip only to get home and not be able to remember where you took “that” shot? http://www.Trailu.com is your Travel log, Travel Diary or travel companion. As long as your phone or camera is set as “GEO Tagging” or “Location Tagging” to ON, the GPS data of exactly where you took the photo will be decrypted from your photo and #Trailu.com will place your photo on your very own personal travel log map of the world so you can quickly and easily see every photo you’ve taken and exactly where it was taken.

    Just yesterday I was talking to my #travel buddy that I do a “blokes Trip” with once a year and I was looking at a photo that I swore was taken in Da Nang in Central Vietnam – But when I uploaded it, the GPS data said it was taken in Southern Vietnam and then I compared it to other photos the same day and yep, it was taken in Vung Tau in Southern Vietnam.
    Very powerful and totally FREE – I hope it is useful to you. It’s very user-friendly and you’ll never forget those wonderful places you’ve traveled to. Just create an account (quick and easy) and share your amazing photos for more people to see and enjoy.

    I really hope to see all your photos on the Trailu site!

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  21. Pratik Agrawal says

    Hi Shivya,

    Hope you are doing Good 🙂

    I came to your travel blog for the 1st time and this is my 1st comment…

    You and Your passion to travel is really amazing…which inspires me more to never stop planning and executing trips As One will always remember the trips they went and had memorable time and experience and not the work that much if they do outside like me 🙂

    I would recommend you to See CROATIA…I visited last year…This would be really shock you..I have not seen any country like this…It was awesome(especially 100+ Islands)!!!

    I am planning Romania this year..Can you guide me which city I should stay or go there?Would be around 3 full days.

    Regards,
    Pratik Agrawal

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