I must admit, the only thing I really knew about Romania when we blew threw the old abandoned border structure on the highway was that it was the homeland of Nadia Comaneci the gymnast. However I quickly learned that I was entering the world of Count Dracula thanks to numerous signs, and hotel names. I’m embarassed to admit that this was the first time that I realized that Transylvania was one – a real place, and two – that it was in Romania. So much for researching a place before arriving; there’s no time to do that on the Mongol Rally when you are racing through countries. Romania marked our 9th country in less than a week.
We drove into Brasov a town in the heart of Transylvania and found our apartment sponsored by RoomORama who specializes in short term accommodations. One night was the definition of short term – and they provided us a lovely apartment with wifi near the town center. We walked into the town center and were all surprised with what we saw. I was expecting to see a whole bunch of cheesy Vampire tourist joints and shops, and maybe even some Twilight references, but what we found instead was a pristine town decorated with flowers and intricate old colorful buildings. Parks were filled with couples enjoying dusk, people playing chess, and kids riding bikes. Green mountains surrounded the town and even though it had a Hollywood style sign on the hillside, there was no mention of the movie Twilight anywhere! Brasov was a breath of fresh air after the heavily touristed Prague.
Brasov was quiet, simple, and understated. Which was exemplified by the slogan that was on many of the umbrellas at the outdoor restaurants, “Probably the best city in the World.” Way to go out on a limb Brasov!!
Photos of Brasov
We walked to the main square and there we met yet another blogging friend, Matt from Nomadic Matt Travel blog. When you are nomadic like myself, it’s amazing how many people you actually run into on this globe. We all enjoyed a few beers, and I feasted on sausages which seem to be the staple food of this part of the world. We enjoyed our last night in Romania as the next day we were heading for the border….leaving Dracula behind!
How to donate to our charity – the Christina Nobel Foundation – we are still collecting donations along the way!
- It’s Real Now
- Pimpin’ Our Ride
- Festival of Slow – Mongol Rally Kickoff
- First Stop – Brussels
- Stopped by the Police – Mongol Rally
- Learning to Drive on the Autobahn
- CzechOut our Camping – Mongol Rally
- Racing Through Prague – Mongol Rally
- Driving in Romania
- Twilight in Brasov – Mongol Rally
- Four People One Key – Mongol Rally
- Crossing Borders with Natasha- Mongol Rally
- What I see out my window – Mongol Rally
- Ukraine Highway Culture – Mongol Rally
- Mongol Rally: Driving in Ukraine
- Hotel Nissan – Mongol Rally
- Kiev Paperwork Forgery – Mongol Rally
- Teaming up in Volgograd – Mongol Rally
- Russian Stereotypes
- Good Luck at the Kazakhstan Border – Mongol Rally
- The Hardest, Longest, Slowest, Dirtiest Road Yet – Mongol Rally
- The End of The Road – Mongol Rally
- Camping on the Mongol Rally
- Locals to the Rescue – Mongol Rally
- Setting Up Camp – Mongol Rally
- Bad Things do Happen on the Mongol Rally
- The Birth of Kazakhstan Tourism – Mongol Rally
- Kazakhstan’s Secret City – Astana
- The Best Laid Plans – Mongol Rally
- Our Car’s Health – Mongol Rally
- My ride in a Kazakhstan Police Car – Mongol Rally
- The Real Adventure Begins – Mongol Rally
- Minor Repairs – Mongol Rally
- How To Wait at a Border – Mongol Rally
- Border Bonding – Mongol Rally
- Mongolia Freedom – Mongol Rally
- Lost in the Mongol Rally
- Slowing Down – Mongol Rally
- The Mongol Rally Diet
- Muffler Mayhem – Mongol Rally
- Sink or Float – Mongol Rally
- Mongolian Hospitality – Mongol Rally
- Driving in Mongolia
- Tire Trouble – Mongol Rally
- Desert Illusions – Mongol Rally
- Mongolian Malls and Mechanics
- Shocking Tarmac – Mongol Rally
- Mongolian Cloudscapes – Photography
- Ulaanbaatar in our Sights
- The Finish Line – Mongol Rally
- What’s it all for?
- What Happens to the Car?