R-R-R- Romania and the joyful danger of conversations

by Anna Blanch on March 31, 2012

One of the things I love about blog stats isn’t so much numbers as where people are reading from. In the last three days there have been readers in: Australia, United States, England, Scotland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Spain, Italy, Wales, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Malaysia, Portugal, Netherlands, Poland, France, Turkey, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Singapore, Sweden, Korea, Chile, Greece, Bolivia, Japan, Sudan, Georgia (the country!), United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, and Finland. These things make me grin like a fool.

Something else that inspires me is that the nature of the planning for this trip means that a single conversation may result in adding not one, but possibly two, countries to the itinerary.

Conversations can be dangerous like that.

This trip is all about asking for help in the planning, working carefully on being a good guest and a good traveler.

It is about serving others as I travel and being open to experiences, sights and sounds.

So the travels in Romania have now been extended to include Timisoara, Alba Iulia, and Bucharest, while also adding Sofia, Bulgaria.

Serbia is the country that might possibly be added (depending on whether the train from Budapest goes via Serbia or not). The route around Romania is going to take a little more thinking and research. Here are the places that are on the itinerary:

After a little research, i’ve come up with three possible options in terms of the order of places visited. This is largely limited by the rail system in Romania.

Each of the colours, yellow, green and purple represents ways I’ve considered travelling through the south west of the country, while the blue represents my likely route from Sofia via Bucharest to Iasi. I’d prefer not to backtrack if possible, but I may have to come in and out of Bucharest. This will be a matter for one of my Romanian advisers to help me with.

Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for me?

Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.

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Traveler. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Overland to Oz is a crazy adventure marked with photos and word and inspired by the incredible women in Anna’s family, especially her late grandmother, whom she knew as Nan-Nan.

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  • http://markmeynell.wordpress.com/ Mark Meynell

    I’d steer clear of conversations, if i were you

    • http://www.goannatree.com/ Goannatree

       yeah…and those people you have them with too…

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    Alba Iulia is a great place to visit. My wife has relatives there. Visit the citadel!

    Drum bun!

    • http://www.goannatree.com/ Goannatree

      So i’ve been told! I’ll add the citadel to the list of things to do. It is such a small world! I’m hoping to finalise some plans to talk faith and the arts while I’m there, but we’ll see! Have you been to romania a lot?

      • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

        I lived there for a few years, and have been roughly every couple of years for the past two decades or so. My wife is from Romania. So yes, that constitutes “a lot”!  🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Cel-Roman/100001745848174 Sam Cel Roman

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask 😉

  • http://twitter.com/Chrishallnewb Chris Hall

    My father in law lives near to Sighisoara which is well worth a visit if you can fit it in (he has B&B accommodation if you are looking for somewhere to stay.  We have visited Cluj, Bucharest, Oradea and Iasi before.  All have their nice bits

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