Pictures from Maramureș

We met Marius and Oana, his wife, in their cluj home and shortly after we began the long 128km drive to Maramureș. Doesn’t sound long right? But with the condition of Romanian roads and the rough terrain of the county, it takes about 3 hours. It seemed that the further away we got from Cluj, the more the touch of the 21th century was disappearing. The style of the villages, the way the people dress, and of course the way the hay is collected. Continue reading “Pictures from Maramureș”

5+ Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Previously you found us jumping from one place to another like crazy. Cancelled plans and bad luck left us with very little time to rest and just be, so we looked forward to the quiet week and a half of kitty-sitting that we expected to find in Cluj. Continue reading “5+ Things to do in Cluj-Napoca”

The Hunt for the Best Papanași in Cluj

One of the things that excite us about experiencing a new country is trying the local food. We heard of this one back in Bucharest, but somehow only now in Cluj we decided to check it. Papanași (pronounced Papanash), is a traditional dessert from Romania. These are donuts made with cottage cheese and lemon zest, served fresh from the oil, with Smântâna – the local version of sour cream – and some berry jam or sauce.

“Google Google on the net, where is the best papanași you’ve met?” Continue reading “The Hunt for the Best Papanași in Cluj”

5 Towns in 6 Days

Previously, you found us leaving Magura. Thinking to make our first Workaway host happy, we ended up taking a couple of young rabbits from Vila Hermani. That didn’t turn out so well, but we didn’t know what a bumpy ride was expecting us this week… Continue reading “5 Towns in 6 Days”

Hay Season

Summer in the Romanian countryside is all about hay. Is it the right time to cut it? Is it dry enough to turn? And most importantly, will it be safely stacked before rain ruins everything? Each area uses different techniques for each process. For the bigger fields in flatter areas they use modern machinery. But we came to Magura, a picturesque mountain village, where old traditions still thrive. Continue reading “Hay Season”

A First Taste of Nomadic Life

or, How We Learned that Planning Ahead is Futile.

 

The plan was…
After Bucharest, we planned on staying around Sinaia, sleep and hike around there a few days, then move on to Brașov and do the same there. Sadly, we couldn’t find a connection in Sinaia, or even a low-budget hostel. Continue reading “A First Taste of Nomadic Life”

5+ Things to do in Bucharest

The Shortlist:

Things we enjoyed
1. The Village Museum
2. Bucharest Walkabout Free Tours
3. Bellu Cemetery
4. A private tour to the Chitila Fort
5. Carousel bookstore and cafe

Things we don’t recommend
1. The Parliament house tour
2. The La Mama restaurants


Here we go. First post, yay etc. Continue reading “5+ Things to do in Bucharest”