I was completely surprised by what I saw of Romania as a whole. As a destination, Romania was never on my bucket-list but the country seduced me beyond my wildest imagination. I was very moved by the pervasive melancholy of its deep, diverse and violent history. The beauty of the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania are epic and I felt transported and energized. Having been to many destinations in the world I felt jaded and thought nothing would surprise me ever again but I was wrong. It is a country worth exploring fully. The landscapes, the people, the food, the hospitality and friendships I gained in one short week are nothing short of miraculous.