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The beautiful Salina Turda

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posted on 20 Dec 2015 Turda — 25 Oct 2015 turda-1.jpg

In Turda they turned a used salt mine into a spectacular tourist attraction. The mines were first mentioned in the Middle Ages and salt was being mined until 1932. The mines are now used for halotherapy, an alternative treatment for asthma, and as a tourist attraction.

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Photos of Cluj

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posted on 20 Dec 2015 Cluj-Napoca — 23 Oct 2015 cluj-sunny.jpg

A rainy evening in Cluj-Napoca:

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Photos: wooden churches of Maramureș

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posted on 3 Dec 2015 Vişeu de Sus — 22 Oct 2015 ieud-church-old.jpg

The second day of hiking, I went to one of the top sights of Maramureș: the old wooden churches.

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Walking in Maramureș' hillside

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posted on 3 Dec 2015 Vişeu de Sus — 22 Oct 2015 viseu-tent-view.jpg

After visiting the Merry Cemetery and staying at the small Săpânța village, I wanted to enjoy the nature side of Maramureș as well and I decided to go hiking in the hillside.

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The Merry Cemetery

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posted on 1 Dec 2015 Săpânța — 21 Oct 2015 sapanta-cemetary-detail.jpg

The Maramures region is characterized by wood: houses made of wood, wooden gates of several hundred years old, wooden churches from the fourteenth century and wooden headstones.

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Romania's generosity

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posted on 1 Dec 2015 Săpânța — 21 Oct 2015 sapanta-fish.jpg

From Oradea I continued further in Romania to Cluj-Napoca, the cultural capital of Transylvania, where I stayed with a friend of Bea for a couple of days. Before going more south and east I wanted to explore the beautiful Maramures region in the north of Romania.

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Hitchhiking and Couchsurfing

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posted on 28 Nov 2015 Oradea — 17 Oct 2015 oradea-theory.jpg

After taking public transport in Hungary I picked up hitchhiking again from Debrecen, Hungary, to Oradea, Romania.

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Rain is not my friend

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posted on 13 Nov 2015 Bratislava — 12 Oct 2015 bratislava-rain.jpg

The day I started hitchhiking from Rakol'uby towards Hungary was quite gloomy again: it was cold, the sky was covered in clouds and it looked like it would start raining pretty soon. Nevertheless I tried to hitchhike towards Hungary anyway. I tried to go towards Nitra first, which would bring me on a highway towards Hungary.

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The last familiar faces

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posted on 8 Nov 2015 Rakoluby — 13 Oct 2015 rakoluby-fire.jpg

The day after I arrived at my cousin's apartment in Bratislava we took the early morning train going to Nové Mesto. That particular train had a restaurant car which gave us the chance to have a nice breakfast to get the day started. Soon after arriving at the nice house in the village we drove to a small village somewhat further. As a little "work-and-travel" experience, I helped my cousin collecting nuts. A large part of which I later got back as provisions for the road, together with a liter (!) of Slivovitsa. This is a brandy made from fruits (mostly plums) and resembles Palinka, from Hungary and Rakia in general. For the Slivovitsa I got, Manu and Lucia had gathered the plums themselves.

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