CARPATHIAN CULTURE AND WILDLIFE

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

1.  Being in these beautiful Romanian national park mountains with fresh air, fresh food cooked by Katherine and family at the inn, and hiking every day in a different direction and meeting the people of the mountains, villages, and cities. 2.  The dedication of our terrific guide Cosmos Dan and our hostess Katherine and her husband Hermann, and friends, to protecting and promoting the beauty of Romanian countryside and wildlife.  I was particularly moved by our visit to the bear sanctuary where rescued bears (captive & often wounded or abused for performances) are healed, rehabilitated to living in the woods, and protected for life.  3. Eating the best fresh cheese I've ever had in my 57 years at the shepherd's hut high in the mountains.

What did you think of your group leader?

Cosmos Dan is an inspiration himself with his dedication to protecting his national heritage environment for future generations and seeking to share the beauty of the land and wildlife with visitors.  He is a native of the area, knows every square inch of the land and the hidden trails and all about the wildlife).  As a former National Park ranger, he is particularly well suited to guide people with an interest in the ecosystems and wildlife of the area, but being a native of the region, he also knows everyone and has insights and answers to any and all questions.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Bring an appetite for delicious Romanian home cooking and energy and a walking stick for the mountains and enjoy a wonderful vacation.  You will be very reluctant to leave.