Before leaving Romania to come back to NWC there have been many things rushing through my mind. I am going to address some of these things below with pictures.
During my time spent in Romania I have seen a lot of contrasting images like something beautiful right beside something a lot less beautiful. You find little things beside big things, beautiful new houses beside old falling apart houses, and sweet new cars driving on roads that definitely need improvement. You see old rattly trains riding on the same tracks as new luxurious trains, ruins of Communist bloc apartments beside new modern buildings, and local piaţas (like a farmer's market) in the shadow of new western-style grocery stores. Here in the Jiu Valley the majestic mountains compete for height with the looming communist era unused smoke stack. The contrasting and almost contradictory images are countless. So, to get a better idea of this, here are some pictures.
On a beautiful Sunday night Michelle and I went on a hike with Michelle's host family, the Vlaicus, to their friend Nalush's shepherd hut. Nalush taught me how to milk sheep. Romanians use sheep milk to make their favorite salt cheese called brinza.
I snapped this one of Mirela, my host mom (sister). For our last meal at the house we had chicken and sheep cooked the traditional way over the fire. It was absolutely delicious.