¡Joe, Que Calo!

With the sun shining and temperatures soaring into the 30s everywhere across Romania, even getting to 33 here in the Ewok Village (Chisinau), I thought it was about time to discuss the weather. After all, schools are out and tourists are strapping on their backpacks and sandals to explore this wide old world, wanting to…

Abandonment Issues: Kornis Castle

Kornis Castle, located near the city of Dej, is my favorite abandoned Transylvanian castle to date, though that’s bound to change in the near future as the weather gets better.  It’s a bit removed from Dej itself, so if you arrive in the city by train or bus you should find some way to get to…

Do-It-Yourself Romania: Exploring Mines at Roșia Montană

Roșia Montană is a highly controversial, inactive gold mine in Transylvania’s Apuseni Mountains that’s been written about extensively over the years.  Sam has expounded quite a bit on the topic already, so rather than beat a dead horse, I’ll refer you to a few of his articles.  What little I can add to the palimpsest of Roșia…

Chasing Dracula, Part 79

Hey look, it’s yet another foreigner touring Romania in search of Dracula! After touring Sighisoara (where Vlad was born), they head to Bran (where Vlad never even visited): We were able to have a look around Bran castle aka Dracula’s Castle. In all honesty the castle has very little to do with the actual Dracula…