Visit to Codlea

I took a mini vacation right after my stressful busy week at school. I went to Codlea which is 15 minutes near Brasov which is three hours south of where I live here in Romania. I went to Codlea to visit Mirela’s family. This is the Romanian family that I met through my Dad. Back in the fall my Dad took a course for his work and he met Mirela who is Romanian. They were in the same class together. My Dad gave her my e-mail address and we started corresponding. When I was home in Canada from April 2 to May 12, my family and I had dinner with her family. It was wonderful! Mirela and her husband told me I am welcome to visit their relatives in Romania. They told me their daughter Mara will be in Romania for a month in the summer time.
In the early afternoon on Wednesday July 16th, I took the maxi taxi to Brasov. I met Mara and her aunt (Mirela’s sister) where the maxi taxi arrived at the train station. Originally I was going to stay until Friday but they told me it would be better for me to stay until Saturday so I could do more things. I decided to stay until Saturday! I had a wonderful time in Codlea. Codlea is a small town just outside of Brasov. It was nice to see Mara again and also meet some of Mirela’s family as well. I stayed with Mirela’s parents. They were very kind and hospitable. Oh, it was also nice to see where Mirela’s parents live too because they have their own chickens and grape vine! Everyone seemed to know each other in the neighborhood too because they get most of  their food from each other (fruit, vegetables, milk and bread).
I was very surprised the first couple of days I was there the weather was cool and rainy. The rest of the week the weather was alright. When I arrived on Wednesday we went to Mara’s grandparents house where I stayed with her and also her cousin. We ate dinner and then we went over to Mara’s aunt and uncle’s house for a couple of hours. I met some of their friends. One lady just had a baby. She was really cute! I also met a couple of older ladies who were in their nineties.

On Thursday July 17, I went on a walk with Mara and one of her family friends around the city. Then in the evening I went to Poiana Brasov with Mara’s aunt, uncle and cousin. Poiana is a famous ski area in the winter time and they told me it’s packed with skiers in the winter time. I’m glad in the summer time it is not so busy. It was beautiful there!  The mountains, the scenery, all the cabins and hotels!

On Friday July 18,  it was more of a relaxing day. In the afternoon I went on a walk around the city with Mara, her cousin and his friend. We went up on this hill where we got to see the whole town of Codlea. It was a nice view! In the evening we went on another walk with Mara’s grandma. We went to an older cemetery near where they live. It was interesting to see it because all the tombs were above the ground and they had flowers on top of it. People buy the cemetery plots before they die and they take care of it (they plant flowers and plants there).

On Saturday July 19, in the morning I originally thought  we were going to go to Bran castle in the morning but then plans changed because Mara’s aunt and uncle had to get their car repaired and also her aunt had to plant some flowers for her work but they didn’t come until later that morning. Instead in the morning Mara and I went on another walk with her grandma. We had lots of interesting conversations and I learned so much from her! Around 2:00pm Mara’s aunt and uncle arrived at her grandparents house. We still had time to go to Bran castle!

I’ve always wanted to see Bran castle so I was very excited that we were still able to go there. Bran castle is known as “Dracula’s castle” (His real name is Vlad Tepes, who was the ruler of Wallachia) but the interesting thing was when I went there and read the history of the castle he never even lived there! The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. At the bottom of the hill there is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country. Even though it was never Vlad Tepes’ castle it was still great to go there and see it. It was beautiful and it has a lot of history to it. The open air museum with all of the peasant houses, barns, etc was also very interesting to see too.

After we went to Bran castle we ate lunch on the way back to Brasov. Before I went back to Targu Mures we had a bit more time so we walked around the centre of Brasov for a bit. I took the maxi taxi from the train station at 6:00pm. We said good-bye and then I got in the maxi taxi and headed home.

I’m really glad I had an opportunity to visit Mara while she was in Romania and also meet some of their relatives. I had a wonderful time. I really wish I had spoke more Romanian while I was there though but I had still had a great time! It is a blessing of how God puts people in your life and how you meet them along the path of where you are at either in Canada or here in Romania!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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