It was freezing cold and pouring with rain the day I met Antonia and Annabel in the city center of Brasov. We were to discuss about our scheduled trekking tour up in the Carpathian Mountains and the weather wasn’t looking very promising.
I was in for a nice surprise. The two former Oxford students would not be put off by a few drops of rain, even if they hoped for a nice, warm, sunny autumn – as anyone would expect for an early October in Romania. It’s true that there weren’t just a few drops, but quite plenty, and not rain, but snow . These were just mere details for the two girls who had spent the first part of their vacation cycling down the Danube from Belgrade all the way to Giurgiu/Ruse and to Bucharest..
With newly bought gaiters and snow pants we started trekking the next morning and we were soon knee deep in fresh snow. And so we stayed for most of the time during our ten days trekking tour in Postavaru, Piatra Craiului, Bucegi and Fagaras Mountains. As you can see in the images below, it was a totally weird combination of early autumn green-yellow leaves and deep winter snow. We weren’t quite sure if what we were seeing was just sublime or simply apocalyptic. It was definitely exciting, and obviously a unique photo opportunity.
It was a truly inspiring tour – great scenery, exotic weather, some really sporty hiking, but also great company. We discussed about the recent history, about current-day issues, about literature, while enjoying the great outdoors or the friendly accommodations at Padina, in Poarta village or at Barcaciu hut in Fagaras mountains.
Thank you Antonia and Annabel, hope to see you soon!
Horia, October 2013