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!