CARPATHIAN CULTURE AND WILDLIFE

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

For me the most inspirational moment was the first mornig.  We had arrived in Magura(our host village) in the middle of the night in total darkness.  In the light of morning I could see the beauty of the surrounding mountains, and the quaint little farms on the slopes all around us.

What did you think of your group leader?

Cosmin was very good.  He had a true love of his culture and enjoyed shareing it with us.  He spoke very good english.  Cosmine was also confident enough to be patient with the slower walkers in the group, yet willing to let the stronger ones forge ahead.  Cosmine was also well organized.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

You should go with a reasonable level of fitness.  The hikes are not hard, yet you are in mountainous terrain.  Also, if you have favorite trail snacks you should bring them because some of the selections for the lunches are a little limited  and repetative.  Like it says in the trip notes, don't change money at the airport.  The exchange rates are poor, and we didn't need any cash for the first couple of days in the trip anyway.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

This was a great oportunity to see a "slower" way of life to that which many of us in the west live, where many people still use a horse and cart for daily life, and dont have to run to the store for their milk and eggs.  Romainia seems to be in the discovery stage of tourists, so you wont be bumping into throngs of other visitors like you do in many other places.  In short, this was a very good way to spend a week.