Romania. How much and what do you know about this country?
January 18, 2012 5:36am CST
Call it a personal curiosity if you will, but since my country is often mentioned in movies in very strange circumstances, I'm very curious what people know about us, Romanians and our country. So I'm asking you myloters if you've ever visited my country and what you think about it from what you saw, the good and the bad parts. Also, others that have never been here, what have you heard about us? One sure bet is : Dracula :) But other than that? What else does hearing my country's name make you think about?
19 Jan 12
I have to say that I don't know much about Romania. When I heard about your country, the first thing that comes to my mind is the gymnasts, specially Nadia Comaneci. Romania had a great history on gymnastic, wish that one day another Comaneci arises on the artistic gymnastic again.
19 Jan 12
Hello, monneywinner! Thank you for mentioning about that proud moment in our recent sport history. Indeed Nadia is one of the best gymnasts and her performance is very hard to reach again. We have more talented athletes but it seems she won't be surpassed too soon. Keep watching the championships though, you might be pleasantly surprised in the future :) Happy posting!
19 Jan 12
I love to watch the gymnastic championship, but right now it seems that the artistic gymnastic is dominated by US, China or Russia girls. But, still no one can be compared with N. Comaneci. From the current romanian gymnasts, I really like C. Ponor, I like her style and I'm cheering for her in London.
18 Jan 12
I must be honest I don't know anything about Romania, its one country that seems to stay out of the News, but I would love to know more about it, maybe you can post some interesting things about your country and we can all learn.
21 Jan 12
Hello, lilaclady! Yeah, it's true, you don't heat too many things on an international level about Romania. Though we have many beautiful landscapes and architectural heritage, it seems we're not very good at marketing them :) About our country I can tell you that it had its hardships in the past, being at the border of big empires, like the Roman Empire , the Ottoman Empire, the Austrian Empire as well as in the path of nomads like the Huns and explorers like the ancient Greeks. All those struggles and cultural exchange created and interesting heritage with many influences engraved in the base Romanian culture. In other words, we have nice landscapes, interesting architecture and art and nowadays some pretty good athletes and gymnasts :) Here's a small example of old church architecture in Romania. It's a wooden construction inspired by the Gothic movement. It's actually the only Gothic architecture current made solely of wood :) www.romanianlandscape.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Biserici-din-Maramures.jpg Happy posting!
18 Jan 12
I visited Romania in 2010. I travelled from Sofia to Bucharest by train and I spent a couple of days in Bucharest. After Bucharest I visited Brasov and the Bran castle. I think that Brasov was a very nice place and I enjoyed walking around in the streets and looking at the different parts of the town. I also took many pictures. On the day when I wanted to visit the Bran castle I had some problems at first, because I didn't know that there was more than one busstation in Brasov. I walked around for a long time, the staff that I talked to at the bus station didn't speak much English, and I thought that he had to find the bus there, so I kept on looking. In the afternoon I finally arrived in Bran. There were many tourists at the castle, but I really enjoyed my visit there. While I am writing this I am drinking coffee, the Dracula mug that I bought in Bran is right beside me
21 Jan 12
Hello,porcospino! Very cute that you actually had a Romanian coffee mug while writting this post :)) O know, we're not very good with infrastructure and tourism. We still have a lot to learn about it and it's a shame cause there are so many beautiful places that have very poor access. Even we, as Romanians don't know all the lovely places we have our country. For example i only discovered last year that there are special wild flowers celebration all over the country. In early spring there is the Narcissus celebration in about 6-7 places. There are whole hills, about 2-15 square miles that bloom with Narcissus in April and also a Lilac valley in a reservation in the southern part of the country that is in full bloom in may. Almost 10 square miles of wild Lilac! I hope you'll visit Romania again someday to discover more of its beauties :) PS : some examples of the Narcissus hills : -- www.diasomogyi.ro/Metaliferi/Negrileasa-Ciumerna-Sfarcea/Poze_RT/06DSCN8250.jpg --www.diasomogyi.ro/Metaliferi/Negrileasa-Ciumerna-Sfarcea/Poze_RT/03DSCN8176.jpg
8 Feb 12
I Like Romania,i was there when i was playing in a band.We stayed in Cluj. I know also some cities:timisoara,craiova... Also i know the soccer players hehe,Hagi,Raducioiu...dinamo bucaresti,steaua... yeah i also heard about dracula of course hehe,and correct me if im wrong, that there were many gypsies in romania in past =) take care,have a nice day
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 12
I got a flight to the Bulgarian coast and used it to explore Bulgaria and Romania. I got a train up to Romania but had to wait hours for it due to it being heavily delayed at Istanbul. I had to pay for a sleeper even though it was a daytime up to the capital city. I caught a local train to Brasov and met some very amusing people. I loved it in the city and its surroundings. I went up a cable car and saw stunning views. I also visited Sighisora. I found that a charming place too with all its lovely architecture. I really liked the accommodation there and the owners were delightful. I found the Romanian people warm and friendly. I had a better time with the language in Romania and didn't have the language barrier like I did in Bulgaria. It was so funny coming back down to Bulgaria. I went to see a castle and first train to the capital but it was running late due to a delay. I arrived at the capital a couple of minutes before the only departure of the day to Bulgaria. Amazingly I bought the ticket and ran the the platform where it was about to depart. I went into a carriage with three Bulgarian ladies. At the border those ladies bribed the customs officers. I changed trains and got another train to Varna on the Bulgarian coastline. I would like to visit the Danube Delta and see a few more Romanian castles. Dracula's castle is very touristy and I liked it more at the other less touristy castles. I think Romania is a cheap country for traveling and it is delightful especially in the summer.
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 12
It's an Eastern European country, with its own distinctive identity. The capital is Bucharest. I believe the Romanians are a Latin people (confirmed on internet), and therefore akin to varying extents with the Spanish; the Italians; the French; even the British...yes it's been said the people of the British Isles may have an Iberian root; although of course I cannot say for sure if it's true. A very interesting country to me; although sadly my knowledge is limited.