A Romanian Town

I thought you all might enjoy some photos of a Romanian town since I’ve already done a couple of posts featuring pictures from the countryside.

The photos below were taken in the small town of Cehu-Silvaniei. I sure miss walking these streets!

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Religions of Romania

I was raised in the “Bible Belt” of United States, where you can find some kind of Protestant church building on just about every street corner (so it seems). The “Bible Belt” covers practically all of the south-eastern and south-central states.

In Romania, however, this is not the case. Church buildings are generally more spread out, and the majority of them are for those who follow the Eastern Orthodox religion rather than Protestantism.

Click the image below to view an interactive infographic of the different religions in Romania.

Click the link to view the interactive chart

Below are some pIctures I took of church buildings in Sălaj County, which is in the northwestern region of Romania. (I apologize for the quality of the last four photos. I was on a bus when I took them, hence the odd reflections.)

I really love the architectural style of these church buildings. Don’t you?

Views of a Village

My second and (so far) most popular post, “Enjoying the Countryside”, has probably gained its status because we all love pictures. So I thought I’d treat you to some more photos!

Admittedly, the “village” featured below is more of a town than a village, but the title of this post flowed, and I couldn’t help but leave it. 😉 Anyways, the photos were taken in a town called Cehu Silvaniei in Sălaj County. (You can click the images to view them in a higher resolution.)

Aren’t the views amazing? Romania is beautiful!

It’s Piaţă Day!

One of my favorite things to do in Romania is go to the local piaţă (pee-YAHT-sa), which is basically like a flea market. Both local and traveling vendors bring their goods to the piaţă each week. Different towns in Romania each have their piaţă on different days of the week, making it convenient for traveling vendors whose incomes rely solely on their profits made at the piaţă.

Below is a picture of a market area the day before piaţă. On Thursdays in this particular town, this entire area is flooded with people.

Like a flea market in America, a piaţă typically lasts only from sunup until about midday. People sell all sorts of things such as fruits and vegetables, shoes and clothes, tools, artwork… you name it! But at around lunchtime, people start packing up their things to leave.

It’s not uncommon to see large selections of produce on the streets during piaţă. You can typically get a lebeniţă (watermelon) for very cheap!

watermelons

Unfortunately these are the only two piaţă-related pictures I have, mainly because I don’t like lugging my camera around there since I know I never return from the piaţă empty-handed. I’ve bought things from the piaţă such as keychains, fruit, jewelry… all for really affordable prices. This summer I found a beautiful gypsy-style skirt there for the equivalent of 1 USD!

If you ever go to Romania, I highly recommend checking out each piaţă you come across. You can get some really great deals on souvenirs, clothes, and delicious foods! And if you’ve never been to a “flea market” before at all in your own country, you should find one near where you live asap; you never know what treasures you might find!

So what about you? Do you enjoy going to markets such as these, or do you prefer going to a store to buy what you need?

Pond or Pool?

The first time I went to Romania we took a group of teenagers to a public pool in a rural town that was about a two-hour drive away from where they lived. There were very nice views of the mountains surrounding the area, as you can see in some of the pictures below.

But perhaps the strangest thing about this pool was that it was literally water from the pond next to the pool. You couldn’t see the bottom of the pool, simply because it was murky pond water.

Despite the fact that it didn’t seem as sanitary as a typical public pool in America (but then again, how many pools are actually sanitary?), we still had a great time with the teenagers there!

CIMG8637CIMG8638CIMG8641CIMG8611CIMG8603 CIMG8608Would you swim in this pool? I didn’t go willingly, but when I did eventually get dragged in, I had a lot of fun! 😉

Romania: The Fish-Shaped Country

One touristy item I always look for whenever I visit another country is a car decal. They also make for great souvenir gifts for friends and family back home since they’re so cheap!

I had several decals from numerous countries on the back and rear side windows of my last car.

(Yes, that sticker at the top middle of the back window does say, “You shall not pass!” I’m not ashamed of how far my Lord of the Rings obsession has taken me.)

Anyways…

The sticker below is one that I got at a gas station in Romania. I can’t remember how much it was, but it couldn’t have cost more than the equivalent of 5 USD. Romania’s flag is blue, yellow, and red, which can be seen on the decal below.

There are plenty of websites such as Zazzle and eBay that sell bumper stickers and decals like these if you don’t have time to look for one while you’re visiting a country, or if you want one but have never actually been to the country yourself.

I was asked all the time why I had a fish-shaped sticker on the back of my car. It took me a while to realize that people were referring to the decal below (which I ordered off of eBay).

I guess from far away it sort of looks like a fish, but to me it’s always looked like what it is: an outline of Romania.

What do you think? Does it look like a fish to you, or just some random shape?

Enjoying the Countryside

Whether you’re used to the hustle-bustle of city life or the stillness of the countryside, Romania has some breathtaking views. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance yet to spend time in any major Romanian cities, but the countryside in Sălaj County is absolutely beautiful. See for yourself in the pictures below!

There is a lot of farmland in Romania, despite its hilly terrain.

Haystacks like these are common sights throughout the rural areas.

A large secluded pond. It was so peaceful not hearing any cars driving by!

No, the trees in Romania don’t naturally have white trunks. I noticed this a lot in orchards and in towns. I’ve never gotten a certain answer as to why so many trees in Romania are painted white at the base, but eHow has an article explaining several reasons for doing so.

This is actually the view from the top of the hillside in the first picture.