|Each night at dinner, we were entertained by these guys.|
So, our routine was to have breakfast from 7 or 7:30 to 9:30, dance class from 10 am to 12 noon, lunch from 1 - 2:30, then sightseeing in this beautiful city. On days when we didn't have dance class, we took day trips. One trip was over night to a village named Rupea.
|Out of 40 participants, probably 30 of us purchased custom-made dance shoes. Here we are looking at the choices.|
|Strolling the village square.|
|an ethnographic museum of life long ago|
Many of the villages we visited were just as they were 500 or 600 years ago. Except for the cell phones, of course.
|Much of Transylvania looks like this, beautiful green, rolling hills dotted with picturesque villages.|
|Bran Castle, which really has nothing to do with Dracula|
This is how we were greeted in Rupea---with Suerca ( very potent brandy) and bread with salt. We were so warmly welcomed wherever we went. We were fed, and then we danced with their musicians and dancers.
If I am asked what I did in Romania, I say "I waited till the cows came home." We did just that. Being a kid from NYC, this was absolutely hilarious to me. The cows come strolling back from the pasture and turn left or right to get to their home.
|Part of the buffet we were welcomed with in Rupea|
|Dancing at the outdoor ethnographic museum|
|a medieval fortress in Cluj|
|one of the narrow staircases|
|We were lucky enough to visit the stables of the Lippinzaner horses. I didn't know they came from Romania.|
|One of our stops was this farm. I had never eaten a carrot straight out of the ground before. Yum!|
|At yet another village - the children sang and danced for us and then we got to join in.|
|This is goulash and the Romanian form of polenta cooking.|