CARPATHIAN CULTURE AND WILDLIFE
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing a total of 6 beavers swimming in a river so near a town Walking amongst beautiful and sometimes rare/protected flowers in a dramatic landscape
What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent - I am so impressed by his ability to explain not just all the fauna and nearly all the flora but also the complicated history of Transylvania in English. Despite a lot of rain and the varied abilities/aptitudes of the group, not to mention a great deal of driving, he remained cheerful, unflappable, endlessly helpful and considerate. One small example - I was particularly keen to see alpine plants, especially the rare Dianthus which I understand is native only to the national park we were in but the leader took time and effort to explain to me that in the weather conditions it was not possible to get high enough to do so.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go as soon as you can in case EU food regulations, the need for modernisation of the economy and changing aspirations of young locals change it forever.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Blow your savings and go! I'm really glad I went on the holiday - people on a previous Exodus holiday recommended the Carpathians to me and I will do the same to whomever I meet for many years to come.