Romania: Through Sabina’s Eyes

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Where are you originally from?​
Romania

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
We are kind and hospitable.

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
Around 9

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Sărut mâna – it is a salute used to show respect towards a woman, mostly used by children or men. Translated would be “Kiss your hand”.

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Hello= Bună
Thank you= Mulțumesc/Mersi
Please= Te rog
Sorry= Scuze/Îmi pare rău

Are you more like laid back or party people?
I can say we are both. In our capital – Bucharest – you can find great parties all week long, but also gardens hidden from the city rush where you can enjoy a lemonade and a good book.
Transylvania is a more laid back aria, perfect for sightseeing.

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
“Sarmale” is the best and also the weirdest (I guess). It is boiled minced meat rolled in pickled cabbage. You must try polenta with cheese and sour cream, ardei umpluți, ciulama de ciuperci, ciorbă de burtă, iahnie de fasole, ostropel. You must be careful not to try too many at once because our cuisine is kinda heavy.
P.S Don’t forget the dessert: papanași, cozonac or lapte de pasăre.

Best drink? Local drink to try?
In the last few years are more specialized cafes. You should try one in Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca.
A traditional drink would be palincă (it’s an acoholic drink 52%) or socată (made from elderflowers).

How is breakfast served in your country?
We do not have a traditional breakfast. In the rural aria you will be served homemade cheese with fresh vegetables.

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
Untold, Electric Castle, Neversea

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Tennis (we got Simona Halep the no 1 worldwide).

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
You can dive in the Black Sea and discover the shipwrecks from the bottom.

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
“Cimitirul vesel” from Săpânța is an unusual cemetery because it has colorful crosses with humoristic poems about the deceased engraved on them.

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Take your shoes off when you enter in a house, unless stated otherwise.

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Bigar waterfall. Google it, because it can’t be explained in words.

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
“Ochiul Beiului” Lake – a blue hued lake that never froze.

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Corbu Beach, a wild beautiful beach, perfect to relax. Another awesome beach (a not so well known place I might say) is at “Gura Portiței”.

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Definetly Bucharest! There are many thing to do in the city and around it.

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Europe’s hidden gem

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
At least five days!

When is the best time to visit?
In Spring! The weather is perfect, not too hot, not too cold.

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
The Dracula story, that he lived here in Bran Castle and he was one of our rules. We heard enough about this!

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
I really enjoy travelling! Italy is my all time favourite.

What’s your best travel story?
When I visited Rome for the first time I got up really early in the morning to visit the Pantheon. There I saw the most peaceful scene: it started to rain and the rais of Sun and the water drops felt on the ground from the ceiling’s hole. I sat there in quite for a few minutes. It felt surreal!

Why do you love traveling?
I enjoy embracing other cultures. I really like to find the places where locals eat, party and relax. It’s about the experience!

ABOUT SABINA

Instagram: @sabinateodora
Website/Blog: http://www.bucurestistilat.ro – it’s not a travel blog. I write about style, fashion and related event, places and desiners from Bucharest.
E-mail: sabinacroitoru@bucurestistilat.ro