Hi fellow bloggers. So I didn’t write much on my travels as my phone isn’t the best and I was too busy doing stuff. So I am going to start at the end and work back….
Airport Transfer driving through the Carpathian Mountains
I flew back yesterday from Bucharest to Dublin. Absolutely HATE flying!!!! Had a transfer through the Carpathian mountains with a funny driver who used to work on a Cruise Ship as a Photographer.
Fear of Flying, Turbulent Flight and VEGAN Lasagne
On arrival at Bucharest had to wait a couple of hours for check in to open. Then the flight was delayed. Then it was MEGA, MEGA Turbulent which is horrific. I am absolutely terrified of flying and turbulence is like a near death experience for me. In fact I hate the whole airport experience altogether, it’s long and drawn out and stressful. Would much prefer road and sea.
Managed to get a VEGAN Lasagne though. Miracle! Ha. And it was actually quite nice.
Lovely Romanian Couple on Flight
I was lucky though. A lovely girl sat beside me from Bucharest. She had beautiful dark hair, lovely olive skin and brown eyes and a great personality. Her boyfriend came from his seat later as there was a spare seat beside us. They were the loveliest couple. So cute. And super friendly. And so in love. Anyway we got talking about some really interesting things.
Transylvania – A Land of Mystery just below the surface
I knew that from travelling a bit in Transylvania I had seen the tourist level stuff, the surface level stuff but I knew and sensed there was a Land of Mystery just below the surface that I had not even touched upon. Tour guides showed you the popular sites and talked about history, the usual. Transylvania is a very beautiful and Holy Place full of the most amazing old architecture, churches and clock towers and bells chiming. But there is also a very mystical, supernatural side and a dark past that even the church bells can’t truly drown out.
“I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of The Carpathians, as if it was the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool…”
Jonathan Harker’s Journal – Chapter 1 – DRACULA – By Bram Stoker
Definitely going back to Romania
The Tourist Product in any place has a certain formula. Taking people to the same spots and dispersing the same information. I like to do this. But I want more. It’s like here in Ireland I want to find things off the beaten track. The only way to do this is to happen upon a local person who knows the sites that tourists don’t frequent. When I travel I want the WOW factor. I want something different. And I got it right at the end. Which means I am definitely going back.
Ghostly Sighting in Cave High on Mountain in Monastery
Talking to this couple I got a glimpse of the mysterious and mystical side to Romania! And like WOW. They showed me a video from a Cave in an old monastery on a high mountain and honestly if you don’t believe in ghosts, spirits or the supernatural you totally would after watching this! I have never seen anything like it in my entire life. It is absolutely spookily inexplicable. If they send it I will share it.
The most spectacular looking Pagan site I have ever seen
They also showed me a photo of this unbelievable pagan site. I mean I have seen ancient sites in Ireland, England and Scotland. But NOTHING at all that comes even remotely close to this. It was on another level completely. They travel a lot and were super interesting and know a lot of fascinating sounding people. So we will hopefully keep in touch.
More Romanian Tattoos
Anyway, I will start talking about Transylvania at the end and work backwards. My journey ended as it began. Talking to intriguing people on a journey. And them showing me their tattoos… Remember Vlad? What are the chances? So here for your viewing purposes are the tattoos of the Romanian couple I sat beside on the flight from Bucharest. They were happy to show me. And kinda told me a little about their lives…. Every Tattoo tells a story. Right?
I have never had a tattoo or know many people that have so I am kind of intrigued by this. Also the tattoos on the people I met in Romania were kind of different from most tattoos I have seen before. Not that I have seen many tattoos! So here goes…
Fall Seven Times, Rise on the Eighth
The girl showed me her tattoo first. You can see it’s Roman numerals; 7 and 8. She said it means “Fall down seven times, rise on the eighth.” She said it was about always getting back up no matter what life throws at you. She said she wanted it to be personal to her hence the upside down triangle was falling and the upright triangle was rising and it was in roman numerals, rather than just spelling it out she wanted it to be more cryptic.
Everything Happens for a Reason
Her boyfriend then showed me his tattoo which is pretty straightforward. “Everything happens for a reason”. I thought in my mind; everything good, synchronistic, nice stuff. Then he went on to say “Everything good AND bad happens for a reason”. Which made me think… Well that you have to see some good or some learning from the bad. Neither of them went into too much depth as to the story behind their tattoos. They were both in their mid 20’s and a very close, bonded couple.
Return of The Gingerbread Man
Back in Dublin airport I saw some cool Irish mythology type posters as I was walking. When I stopped to wait for my luggage, I saw a Giant Gingerbread Man.
Anyway hope to keep in touch with these two. They had visited some absolutely fascinating places. Will write about Transylvania soon…. 🙂
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