Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Problem

I don't even know where to start. How do you begin to sum up fourteen days in a country as incredible as Romania? Do I show you the insanely beautiful pictures first, in a sort of shock and awe campaign?

Peles Castle, the summer home of Romania's first official king.
(Yes, that's a real photo--completely untouched. For serious, yo. The Romanian countryside and mountains are like stepping into a fairytale.)

Do I talk about experiences, and how much fun it was to get to have time with just Hot Stuff?

What? Oh, I dunno, I guess he's a little bit taller than I am.
Also, hottest translator ever.

Do I talk about the amazing museums filled to the brim with stuff that American museums can only dream of having--and the Romanians have so much of it they don't even know what to do with the stuff?

This would NOT be an example. Creepy, right?? That gross little baby head at the top of the coat of arms is supposed to be the Pope. I think. That, or he's just supposed to be the Stuff of Nightmares.

A lot of people have asked me about the food. I'm not really a foodie and didn't take pictures, but I could tell you all about the fabulous cuisine.

Guess which dish was my favorite?

Or do I just go ahead and get back to editing an old project instead and start posting by location tomorrow? Yeah. I think so.

Just outside of Dracula's mountain fortress.

Also, quick poll: How many days can I use jetlag as an excuse not to answer my piles of email? I'm gonna go for seven. Although I feel sort of like this:

This slug was so big I'm pretty sure its diet consists of the souls of the dead. Gluttonous little monster. One of the only truly terrifying things in the whole country.


31 comments:

Daisy Whitney said...

Gorgeous pictures. Love the castle. And two weeks sans kids!! Nice

Megs said...

wow. What else can I say? I should plan to go to Romania some day. Of course, I'd have to invite you and Hot Stuff to come with because I'd need an interpreter too.

Carolin Seidenkranz said...

That first picture is beautiful! It looks really just like a fairytale.

moonrat said...

INSANELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Also, I would like a saramura of crap myself. Yum.

Kiersten White said...

You used to be able to buy cans of crap, but we never found any. Alas.

And yes--everyone should go to Romania. And invite Hot Stuff to translate. And invite me to keep Hot Stuff company.

fairyhedgehog said...

Oh my word! That's a castle out of a fairytale. I love it!

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Oooh, that first pic is gorgeous!

And that slug is insanely huge!! It must be eating souls of the dead...only logical explanation for why it's so big ;)

Abby Stevens said...

Wow! Picturesque! Although, I think I'll stay in America if I have to worry about giant slugs eating my soul. I hate regular, small American slugs, much less mutant ones! *shivers*

lora96 said...

You can claim jet lag for three to four days, followed by a week of excuses for getting the kids calmed down and laundry done after vacation. That's my official pronouncement on the subject.

Also, that big old slug is no way as scary as the freakish baby head coat of arms eeeeek!

Meanwhile love your first pic. Those hills are alive with the sound of music.

Mireyah Wolfe said...

Okay, so what is the Saramura de Crap in English??? Because now I HAVE to know!

And omg WHY would you show us that slug? *shudder*

HOWEVER....Romania is now up there with Ireland and Australia on my list of OMG MUST GO TO places. :)

Stacy said...

My husband lived in Romania for a few years and wants to visit again, but I've been kind of chicken about the whole thing(mostly the food scares me). But after reading about your awesome experience, maybe I can be brave!

Kristan said...

Wow, fairytale indeed.

Did you say some of your book was set in Romania? If not, methinks Evie needs a little vacation too. ;)

Melissa said...

WOW. Romania is gorgeous beyond belief... except I do believe you because I can see it.

Wow. You're right, it's straight out of a fairytale.

Suze said...

I hate (actually love)to tell you this, but a lot of Europe is filled with countryside and castles like this. As soon as one leaves the cities that one flies into.. Ka-pow.. castles, rolling countryside, ancient monuments and ruins, quaint little towns and villages.. OK, and yes, slugs and some menus with crap on them ;-). So glad you had a fab time, and SO glad you're back!

Tara McClendon said...

Looks fabulous. I'm glad you had a good time.

celi.a said...

That slug? Has absolutely NOTHING on the slugs in Washington State. I don't want to hear about suburbia slugs, either. I'm talking about our cabin up by Mt. St. Helens, we found slugs almost a foot long type slugs. Also? We used to go slug hunting as kids and then put them in the campfire. Cruel and unusual, yes. Somehow I ended up okay... (maybe).

Ca.ll.y said...

The pictures make me want to read "The Historian" again. And then go to Romania.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing the dream! Also, is it policy not to post pictures of Hot Stuff's whole face? Just checking. :-)

So is that scene from outside Dracula's lair an actual place in Paranormalcy?

Kathryn said...

Did you bring the slug back? I bet it snuck into someone's luggage... (on its quest to eat all of the souls in North America, obviously)

Also, I heard there was a flood today in Transylvania. Looks like you guys got out before the weather got bad!

Andrea Cremer said...

Ack! Giant slug! Giant slug! *runsaway*

Tori [Book Faery] said...

Ewww that slug is HUGE!!!

So jealous of those pictures...what a sight! I wish I could go there some day :)

Claire Dawn said...

That's a really fantastic shot of the castle. Well-framed and everytihng. Looks like the beginning of a fairy tale movie.

Mundie Moms said...

Those pictures are beautiful!

Jessie Oliveros said...

I think seven days sounds about right. How nice to go on a vacation with your husband...I mean, Hottest Translator Ever.

sraasch said...

Hey, I resent the dish called Saramura de crap. I feel like it's somehow an insult to me. Or something. Maybe.

And I also resent that you went to DRACULA'S MOUNTAIN FORTRESS and I did not. RESENTRESENTRESENT

*looks at pretty pictures again*

Okay, I forgive you.

*Andye* said...

Nice slug picture....

Also, nice to have you back :)

Kristi said...

Gorgeous photos!!!

lynnrush said...

Wow. Beautiful pictures! Romania must have been amazing!

Ah, go for eight days...I hear jet lag is a killer. I'm off to England in a couple weeks, so I'll be right there soon enough! :-)

LisaP said...

Just reading "outside of Dracula's mountain fortress" gave me goosebumps.
Actually goosebumps on goosebumps, but who's counting?
LUCKY!

Dara said...

Loving the pics! Also, it really ties into the book I'm reading, a YA fantasy called Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. It's based off the 12 Dancing Princesses and set in this region, near Sibiu. I think you'd really like it (if you haven't already read it).

And I can't remember if I mentioned this to you or not...I've been recommending this book left and right to everyone.

Whirlochre said...

The Snitel de Peste sounds great — rat mucus decanted into a jug?