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.
A rainy evening in Cluj-Napoca:
The second day of hiking, I went to one of the top sights of Maramureș: the old wooden churches.
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.
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.
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.
After taking public transport in Hungary I picked up hitchhiking again from Debrecen, Hungary, to Oradea, Romania.
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.
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.