It feels like a lifetime since our trip to Romania. And honestly, part of my reason for taking so long to post was because I almost didn't know where to start.
I've never been to a place like Romania. It's funny, but when you're in a relationship someone who's an expat living as in the UK, most of the time you don't really notice they're a foreigner. You become so absorbed in your life together that you almost forget that they grew up on the other side of Europe. So the experience of visiting a place that was home to my other half, was definitely something completely unique for me.
Visiting a place that's so important to your partner is about like meeting someone you've spoken to for a long time on the internet, or is a friend of a friend, for the first time. Before you've even met them, you already feel like you know them. From stories I'd heard, the books I'd read, photos I'd seen, I had this patchwork quilt of other people's memories and love for a place I had never been.
What fascinated me most was that I felt like there was so much about Romania that I didn't know. For all it's a member state of the European Union, it's not a typical tourist destination. It still feels like it's a relatively unvisited place for a lot of Western tourists and it's definitely time for that to change. Despite its dark past and years of repression, modern Romania is a vibrant and diverse country and I can't wait to show you more of it through my upcoming guides...