Tourist sight is my neighbours’ life

Charming short article in The Guardian, by Rena Effendi, about the living tradition of haymaking as part of the still-extant peasant lifestyle of Transylvania. This picture (also by Effendi) was taken in Maramures, where the haystacks are tall and thin.

Maramures haystacks

Here where I live, in southern Transylvania, the haystacks are fat and stable to withstand tougher winds.

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Another article, this time in the Financial Times, suggests that Transylvania is the new Tuscany. An Italian living in the Saxon villages is extolling the ancient ways of Saxon Transylvania as being reminiscent of the old Tuscan lifestyle.

Candour or caution?

RJ headline & pic

Thanks to the Romania Journal for some keen questions in yesterday’s interview. I opted to be candid, since cautious answers make for an anodyne read…

What do you think – should I have responded more neutrally?

I live in a fairytale

My family came to Magura this month, for their first visit. My brother Charles couldn’t get over the beauty of the place and told everyone it was like being in a fairytale. He’s right, and I am grateful for that every day.

Not only it is very beautiful here – the landscape, the weather, everything – but life in rural Transylvania offers up constant treats. Here’s my neighbour Roxana with her two daughters, another neighbour, Georgi, and her schoolfriend. They were in traditional dress, on their way to a wedding in the village, where they were going to sing for the bride. They took the time, however, to give us a preview. How much more charming could you get?

Roxana & girls singing

{Thanks to Charles for the images – the light looks a bit weird because the sun was so bright the camera couldn’t quite cope with the contrast]