The Family Without Borders

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Romania

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Wet bottom-right corner of Romania

Hungry wet dog in the Daunube Delta (in Romania)

Danube Delta where Danube river split into 3 channels and spills into Black Sea is a 4187 square km wetland (also partly in territory of Ukraine). This makes a heaven for 300 species of birds and 150 species of fish. National park where every private man has a boat to organize trips.

Water appeared when we checked out the fortress in Enisala at the border with national park. Wide flat territory with lines and strokes of water.

Still on the way seeing villages full of minority groups: Jurilovca with Lipovanis (descendants of the Old Believers who left Russia around 1772 to avoid religious persecution) or Babadag (Turkish ones).

Froggy sounds and different kinds of birds flying around (I’m sure we saw many zadkie species, can’t tell you just which and where ;).

We spend two nights at Danube and were planning to go to Sfantu Gheorghe, fisherman’s village at the meeting of rivers and sea – but ferry in May is going there only twice a week. And rain from constantly grey sky + crying Hanna with fewer, kicked our asses from Danube Delta faster than we planned. For all people complaining that we are not best parents: we really really wanted to visit this village but responsible side won this time.

And that’s how we are leaving Romania – in the rain (and in short moments of sun hoping very much that in Delta is still badly raining – not to regret our decision).

It’s raining and I’m thinking about all those bad sides of Romania which people (also Romanians) told us before and during the trip: about Roma people begging everywhere (for those almost 3 weeks in Romania – we saw 3 – three! – Romas), aggressive homeless dogs (which were friendly and helping us in many situations to cheer up Hanna), bad roads (first of all – many of them are freshly repaired, secondly – we are now in Moldova;), policemen waiting for money (check out some previous posts), dangerous places (“don’t leave car there or there…”, eeee..) and mosquitos at Danube Delta (ok ok, that’s a pure true!).

We are leaving Romania – eating first this year cherries from some village – with a long list of places to come back for longer.


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We have published our first book (for now just in Polish:) about our Central America Trip.
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6 Comments

  • Septimiu
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 06:08 | Permalink

    I am glad that you have a wonderful experience in my country and I hope that next time you will have the chance to visit other touristic attractions here like painted monasteries from Bucovina, complete Transfagarasan road and maybe Translapina road (DN 67C) which is even greater comparing with Transfagarasan – higher altitude and greater landscapes but the road is very bad at this moment because this road was build by German army in the World War One and nobody takes care to repair this road up until now (as far as I know this road will be completely repaired in the near future).
    Have a good trip further up and good luck!

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  • adrian m. popa
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 10:41 | Permalink

    You will always be welcome in Transylvania. (to be read with a movie-vampire accent :P). I look forward to read your posts from the other side of the black sea.

    Yours, Adrian
    From Cluj

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  • Karolina Oponowicz
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 19:54 | Permalink

    Guys, I just found out about your trip. You’re so brave! I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Best of luck to you and little Hanna!

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  • Posted May 27, 2010 at 11:47 | Permalink

    @Septimu: Thank you for your advice. We didn’t read anything about this Translapina in the guides.. but it looks very good. Next time! //cheers / tom

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  • anna.alboth
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 21:56 | Permalink

    Thanks Karolina!

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  • Andreea
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 15:17 | Permalink

    My mother was born in Babadag. There live there also another minority called aromanians (my grandmother is half this). They speak a dialect of romanian and live in Romania, Greece and Macedonia. :) About these clichees about the Romania, formed mainly by people living in big cities and who have very low consideration for the country, I know them very well. As I say always, it depends what Romania you want to see, if you concentrate on the bad one, you will see the meanness, the poverty etc etc, when if you decide to put your eyes on the beautiful and good one, you will have reasons to wonder at any step you take.

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