Romania is one of the last places in Europe where people live a traditional lifestyle from choice. Residents of rural and remote areas preserve an unspoiled way of life, similar to their ancestors’.
A Glimpse Into Our Travels Across Bukovina
I am a Romanian who is totally fascinated by these people and places. And even if I live in the south-eastern part, I don’t miss a chance to travel north, to rural areas of Bukovina. Therefore, after only six months, we are back to this fairyland.
But this time, we didn’t plan to find skilled people. We wanted to relax, to try to be more like tourists…
So we arrived safe a week ago, and because I drank cold water from the fountain, I caught a bad flu the next day after our arrival. I ate a jar of organic pine honey in 5 days, and tea with half a lemon twice a day. During my treatment, I couldn’t miss a day without going out and enjoying the views.
While I was spreading my flu all over Bukovina, I realized we can’t live as tourists anymore.
To do so, we have to travel outside Romania!
I love these landscapes, but I know there’s more to find out, I want to find out what’s inside these houses, how are the village people, what are they doing, which are their secrets???
And we are back to doing what we love most. Glad we did it, because we discovered people, stories and places.
You might wonder why are we promoting the northside of Romania, when I could write about the place where I live. It’s all about the people who live here.
The Mountain Men From Bukowina
These people’s hospitality should be legendary! They are good hearted, hard working men, living a self sufficient lifestyle.
They invited us, two TOTAL strangers inside their houses, without even asking us who we are, or what we wanted! Incredible!
And they are all the same, without any exception. They still use old means of transportation and care for their animals and crops. For example, our aunt Viorica never spends too many hours away from home, because she must feed the cow.
They will treat their guests better than a family member. After inviting us in, they sat us at the table and gave us food and water. And they gave us the best smoked meat to take home. Seriously, I love these people and hope they will never change!
These days, people are getting ready for Christmas. They prepare the smoked meat and sausages. The weavers disassemble their looms to make space. On 23 and 24 they cook traditional food and wait for the carolers.
Looking to escape from everyday life, relax and enjoy rural lifestyle?
Then I would definitely recommend visiting Bukowina, not only for it’s remote villages and kind people, but also for it’s rich cultural heritage. The area – also known as the “land of painted monasteries”, eight of which are part of UNESCO Wold Heritage – is “scattered with a collection of 15th-century painted monasteries – many with the unusual distinction of having murals painted on the outside as well as the inside, ranking them among Europe’s most fascinating artistic achievements. While many of the monasteries can be accessed by public transport, joining a guided tour is a good idea to maximise time and glean the most information”, writes LonelyPlanet.
There are quite a few of them, so if you are driving by car, take your time to see them all. If you want to pick a guided tour, then Rolandia’s “8 Days in the Land of Bukowina” may be the right adventure for you. It includes village tours, hiking and visits of cultural heritage attractions, while being accommodated in a complex of traditional houses, surrounded by forest. They pick you up from the airport. It’s a safe and serious agency, with happy customers on TripAdvisor – “The transportation was comfortable, the places we stayed into were a great fit”.
If you have any questions about Romania, Romanians and travelling to Romania, please e-mail or ask me below. I will be glad to help. Also, if you already travelled before, I’d love to hear about your experience.