Romanian Country Side

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Highlights and pictures from my trip to Romania as the first official Arts Envoy IPR delegate appointed by the U.S. Department of State Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement.

While I loved Bucharest like New York or Paris, the Romanian countryside reminded me of my home sweet East Tennessee with its mountains.

Romania country side mountains

When we first left Bucharest for Sibiu, we saw the countryside open up pretty quickly with quaint little villages and main streets lined with houses.

Houses in Romania
Houses in Romania

Houses in Romania

Houses near Bucharest

Here was an interesting old Inn we passed.

With no time to spare between teaching engagements, we didn't stop to visit or sight-see along the way. But I think many of these pictures snapped from the window of our Embassy van look pretty cool.

It was so interesting to look around and see mountain towns with little peels of smoke rising from chimneys.

Many of these homes have been in families for generations, I was told, and sometimes the children come home and build modern houses on the same lots with their parents and grandparents.

From the outside looking it, it was a peaceful, agriculturally based life, much like what my grandmother enjoyed in rural East Tennessee.

But of course these buildings are so much older, and have so much more architectural design than ones around here.

And there were sheep... lots and lots ... and lots of sheep.

Here are some of them dotting the hillside.

We saw fields of them flying from Cluj Napoca back to Bucharest, and I didn't think to snap an arial photo.

Next time.

My friend Joe from the State Department told me that diplomacy is just one person talking to another person.

As an artist, when you're riding around in a country you've never been in before, you start to see lots of similarities in your differences.

I was honored to have the opportunity to experience a little taste of Romanian hospitality, and you know something... it's a lot like Southern hospitality here in the 'States.

I reckon that's the thing about hospitality... it's nice to be around no matter where you are.