Remember the Grandfather in Moonstruck? At one point, conversation going on like a tennis match and he looks around the table…”I’m so confused!” That’s me. I’m so confused. It’s day something or other, I’m not sure which so, for the title, I’ve just give the name of one of the places we visited today. We’re actually staying in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania and the Ukraine border is very near here. We’ll cross tomorrow, hopefully, it will only take a few hours but who knows?
I adore the squares of old European cities and towns. Sibiu is quite old,built in the 12th century, the largest and wealthiest of seven walled cities built by German settlers called Transylvanian Saxons. It’s home to the first hospital in Romania in 1292, the oldest museum in1817 and the first book published in Romania was published in Sibiu in 1544. In 2007, when Dave and I were last in Sibiu, it was named a European Cultural City; it’s easy to see why!
So much of the old ways still exist…there are still shepherds who live with their flocks and men who go out in the morning with their cows and all return home at night where the cows will be milked. Who do you know who could be alone with their own thoughts day in and day out and not go crazy? I
like love the solitude but a few in our group shake their heads; perhaps not liking or not understanding.
Every now and again, I’d see an old woman, bent over with age and, probably, arthritis, walking purposefully on her way from somewhere to somewhere else. I hope she found family and love when she arrived.