I have just realized that out of the people that I’ve met, only those who haven’t visited Romania have bad things to say about it. Those who have seen it can’t find words to praise its beauties and the wonderful people they’ve met there.
This year I met a man and his wife who have been to Romania 34 times and they can’t wait to go again! And this weekend I met a lovely lady who had been there 4 times if I’m not wrong, and says she absolutely loves it!
Dracula, the most famous symbol of Romania in the Western conscience, is not Romanian. May I say that some people will only now find out that Transylvania is a part of Romania, and not a mythical place or a country of its own. And why am I saying that Dracula is not Romanian? Easy answer. Because it came to life in the mind of an Irish writer called Bram Stoker, after reading quite a lot on European folklore and stories of vampires.
It is known that the character of Dracula was to a certain extent based on the Wallachian ruler Vlad III, also known as the Impaler. But what intrigues me the most are the incosistencies that exist in the story, the differences between what is real and what is fiction, as these have created a big mess in the mind of the Westerners.
First of all, Vlad the Impaler was not known to drink people’s blood. He became infamous for his cruel methods of punishment, of which his favorite one was impaling the enemies of the country. Wallachia was being persistently attacked by the Ottomans (Turks), and Vlad made his best to defend his country, which gained him a high place in the Romanian history, and in European history as well, because if it hadn’t been for his efforts, the Turkish would have occupied a large part of Europe, and its culture and layout nowadays would probably be different.
Secondly, Bran castle, which everybody calls Dracula’s castle, is not in fact Dracula’s castle. It is not even Vlad’s castle. The first documented mentioning of Bran Castle is the act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Braşov) the privilege to build the stone citadel on their own expense and labor force. It is not even likely for Vlad to have used the castle as a residence since it belonged to a different country, Transylvania, which was under the control of Hungary. The only connection between Bran and Vlad was the fact that he used the Bran Pass for his incursions in Transylvania, as it was relatively easy to cross the mountains through this point. Also, he was held captive in the castle for a couple of months when the Hungarian king thought Vlad had betrayed him.
What’s more, the castle is not even mentioned in Stoker’s book, so there is no reason to relate Bran castle to the character of Dracula.
Whereas Bran castle is situated on the border between Transylvania and Valachia, the castle that Stoker envisioned in his book was situated on the border between Transylvania and Moldova, in Tihuta Pass, near Bistrita. There is no castle there nowadays, but the legend is based on some mysterious ruins that still can be seen on the Rachitaua Peak.
There is a local legend that is passed from generation to generation, which says that Vlad Draculea saw the ruins during his travels and tried to uncover the treasure that was said to lay underneath. But the place was cursed, and Draculea made a pact with the Devil in order to finf the treasure. The Devil betrayed him and took all his powers away with the help of a beautiful maiden, so Draculea had to write with his own blood that he will give up on the treasure if he wants his powers back. He cursed the place, and ever since all kinds of strange things happen there to people who are looking for the treasure.
Vlad’s residence, that could be called Dracula’s castle by people who identify the two characters, is Cetatea Poienari, in Arges County. Unfortunately, not many people know about it, this being the reason why tourists are drawn towards other places such as Bran and Tihuta Pass.
These are only a couple of the false ideas that revolve around the myth of Dracula, but if you want to find out more, read Stoker’s novel and then read the history of Romania.
You will be amazed how much you don’t know about this amazing country! Google „Pasul Tihuta” to see images of the area that inspired Bram Stoker when he chose the location of Dracula’s castle. Also click here to access the official website of the Bran Castle.
For a guide to Sighisoara, the place where Vlad was born, click here.
Recently a troglodyte that I’ve had the misfortune to know personally said that there are no cars in Romania and we all use the more rudimentary horse and cart.
Well my dear mentally hermetic aristocrat, you were wrong. We do have cars, and we actually produce cars that sell really well in Europe, as they are perfect product for the economic crisis (good quality, good price). Well, how clever are we??
Read this link if you need proof or just have a drive through Europe and look for Dacias.
Romania also had a factory that produced Aro, a 4×4 vehicle that sold well until the company was bought by the Texan company Cross Lander, which only bought it to annihilate it as they didn’t want competition.
The video above is not very representative of what the Romanian population drives, but those cars are in Romania, to your surprise.
And yes, there are horses and carts in Romania, in the countryside, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s not so good is that there are a bit too many of them, which shows a low level of life in the rural environment, but this is a different story that I will come back to.
I’d like to start with thanking all the narrow people I’ve met in Western Europe. You’ve got me so angry, that now I must do something!
Romanians are very often called gypsies, communists, paupers, vampires, savages, and God knows what other words these people have in their limited vocabulary. But how can you, stupid, narrow-minded, ignorant, and illiterate people, talk about a country you don’t know??
Your ignorance itself doesn’t bother me. I wish you a long ignorant life, if that’s what makes you happy. But don’t display it, don’t brag about it and don’t insist on it!! How can you say Romania is a communist country when you don’t even know where Romania is located on the map? How can you say we are backward when you have no idea about our inventors and our geniuses? Do you even know that it’s not your money that takes you to expensive holidays, but the invention of a great Romanian called Henri Coanda? And also did you know that it was a Romanian called Ioan Cantacuzino who created the anti-cholera vaccine, not long after hundreds of thousand of people died because of this in Great Britain? Did you know that it was a Romanian who discovered the insulin and created the insulin injection?
And these are only a few examples that prove that the Romanian people are special and have always played an important role in the development of the world.
But because you are so narrow minded I don’t expect you to understand the importance of these people.
I’m not writing this blog for you, but for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.