Walking the Trans-Fagarasan


Romania gets plenty of positive press for its mountain road DN7C, more famously known as the unpronounceable (to English speakers) Transfagarasan highway that crosses over the southern Carpathian Mountains especially after the British show Top Gear named it the best road in the world in 2009.

But while most people drive this magnificent road or use bicycles to wend their way through the hairpin curves, this guy decided to walk all 90 kilometers:

he road starts easy, the terrain is flat, we walk chating and after 30 minutes we see a road making left on something that looks like a forest path. Should we? Of course we did, and went on for five kilometers between trees and weird bracken fields we have never seen before. Finally, we got on a sunny plateau, where a small piece of heaven stands.

The entire thing is written in really terrible English but still quite cute.

On a side note, the piece got published in the Huffington Post, one of the biggest sites in the world in terms of SEO thanks to its combination of clickbait and enormous volume of text published every day, under the byline of Ioana Budeanu. If you’ve never heard of her, that’s okay. But it’s worth keeping an eye on her as she is increasingly becoming the (English-speaking) face of how Romania is portrayed to the rest of the world.

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