So I know last time was really focused on the Transylvania portion of Romania, but besides Spain I think I spent the most time in Romania (a whole week) so it really does deserve more than one post. Once we got back from the coast we did a walking tour of the city (I’m surprised we made it with how sick we were) and learned a ton about the communist history of the country. Our guide was super great, informative and took us to some real hidden gems.
Also who knew Romania was so beautiful? I didn’t, unfortunately my camera had 16% the whole time I was there and I spent most of that on Dracula so here are some of my really good iPhone photos.
Palace of Parliment, Second largest administrative building in the world (besides the Pentagon)
Peles Castle, summer residence of the Royal Family (Did you know Romania had a royal family? I didn’t)
My main man Vlad – aka Vlad the Impaler aka Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad Dracul aka DRACULA
Fun Fact: There are tons of monasteries in Romania
This building was beautiful and I think it’s a bank?
This deserves it’s own post separate from the Romania post that’s coming, only because I’m obsessed with Dracula and vampires. For as long as I can remember I’ve been into vampires, the undead, the myths and the legends everything. On on this day my dreams came true.
Dracula’s castle is located in the mountains of Transylvania, Romania. Lucky for me my friend wanted to rent a car for our stay in Romania (good thing too because we were seriously dead from Sunwaves) so we could take our time visiting all the sites and seeing the Romanian countryside. But seriously who knew it was so beautiful.
Ok enough of the countryside. HERE IS DRACULA’S CASTLE. Some fun facts and my personal discoveries. 1) It wasn’t nearly as big or menacing as I had hoped 2) It was actually really nice inside 3) Vlad Tepes aka Vlad Dracul aka Dracula who Stoker based the novel off of never lived here, in fact he was only imprisoned here a few weeks.
Fun fact Castelul is Castle in Romanian!
Literally overwhelmed by emotions
Inside Courtyard of the Castle
Currently raging in Romania, be back soon!!
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More Mish Mash!!
I realized I left my camera in Spain when I left 😦 so I have nothing new to add so for now some more mish-mash.
This first one is pretty typical in London, its the red double decker bus. Which I thought was honestly only a myth or a legend but no it’s for real. All the buses are actually like this and it’s so cool and so British and super posh. The point of this photo is, I thought it was super cool and wanted to remember. Plus the timing was perfect because there were no cars and/or people obstructing the shot, which seems to be almost impossible to do.
This is Malaga, Spain. I came here after my program ended for a little decompression time after a
stressful trying 3 months of teaching. (I say that with the most sarcasm I can possibly muster) Anyways, there’s nothing particular special about this photo, it’s just like any other beach photo but a Spanish beach therefore, automatically making it 490903 cooler than any old normal beach photo. (also said with lots of sarcasm)
Isn’t this kind of creepy?
So this photo was taken in the Canary Islands, this little chain of about 7 islands off of the coast of Africa that are owned by Spain. I love this photo because the forest looks sooooo creepy. Like not something you would expect to see on a tropical Spanish Island, but rather in a forest in Oregon or somewhere else. We were driving up Mount Teide which is also a huge volcano and were stopped by some police since it was raining the mountain was closed for 10 minutes while they cleared the rubble. It was super eerie to be up so high, with fog and a light rain and look out the window and see these creepy ass trees with eerie fog so I snapped a photo so I could be
haunted reminded of the beautiful site forever.
This week is Mish-Mash p3 aka the food edition I want to present to you some outtakes I have from Cordoba, Madrid and Portugal. This first photo is from a little patio in Cordoba that actually served decent Mexican food. One this I will say about Cordoba is that they have some bomb ass food. I went here with my friend after we had a pretty wild night out. We went for breakfast then (because everyone hates a comedown) came here for some after breakfast drinks. The weather was beautiful and Cordoba is known for their patios (aka random outdoor areas in the middle of their restaurants) I usually HATE food pictures, but I’m really hungry so whatever.
This next photo was taken in Madrid about a week after we arrived in Spain. Once again I hate photos of food but as I said, I was thirsting for American food – I forget how bad the sugar and fat withdrawals can be for us Americans when traveling to a country that actual cooks their food in FDA approved substances.
Look at that blur on those fries, super proud of my camera for this one
This was in Portugal, Lisbon to be exact. In front of a huge monument with all the faces and bodies of the Portuguese conquistadors. Kind of creepy if I’m being honest but whatever. Even though it’s huge and very impressive, I think I spent more time look at this super awesome conquistador graffiti than the actual monument itself.
I saw this photo in London and obviously stopped in the middle of the sidewalk like an obnoxious tourist to snap a photo. Why? because at heart I’m really an 11 year old boy.
I took this photo in Porto, Portgual. Specifically the Duoro Valley which is know for it’s wine. A little fun fact about Porto wine, it’s strong AF. Don’t ask me the exact alcohol content because as you can see from this photo many of the glasses are empty and I don’t remember what the vineyard owners told us. Plus their accents were so cute I wasn’t really paying attention anyways. I’m posting this for several reasons, but the main on being that I’m so proud of how good it looks! Right? I bought this new camera for my travels a Sony I think and I’ve been messing with the settings and focus ever since I got it and this photo is a great example of when I finally got it right. I think it looks super cool, with the blurry background (super artsy), empty wine glasses (shows that I’m super fun, no?) and the cut off figures in the background (yes I have friends). Anyways, I’ll definitely be making prints and hanging them on my wall.
This next photo is of some super cool street art in Morocco. Not to be super indie but who knew Morocco had street art? It was super interesting going here because of course, the media gives you so many ideas about what Africa is like, impoverished, dirty, smelly, super hot, rundown, 3rd world. But let me tell you, this is not the case and if you ever get a chance to go, do it.