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Tell Us About Romania
Official language: Romanian
Currency: Romanian Leu
Population: Around 20 million
Weather: Temperate climate, with cold, cloudy, frequently snow and foggy winters and sunny summers often punctuated by showers and thunderstorms.
Romanian Cuisine/ Best Places to Dine: Romania has a diverse cuisine, based either on meat – mainly pork or chicken -- or fish in areas close to the Danube Delta and the Black Sea. Signature national dishes include sarmale (cabbage rolls stuffed with spiced pork, rice and different spices), tochitura (pork stew with fried egg, cheese and polenta) or papanasi (fried doughnuts with sweet cheese, cream and jam). Especially in Bucharest there are quite a few very good restaurants, ranging from traditional Romanian cuisine to international, including Italian, Turkish and French.
Favorite Local Beverage: As one of Europe’s largest wine producers, Romania takes pride in its high-quality local wines. Another well-known local beverage is țuica, a plum brandy most frequently home-made using traditional methods.
Best Tourist Sites: In the past six years I’ve spent in Romania with my family, I’ve explored the country extensively, traveling to the Danube Delta, Bucovina, Balea Lake and Bran Castle. Tourists can enjoy a magnificent mix of mountains, coastal areas, medieval villages with medieval castles and painted monasteries, vibrant cities and extremely friendly and fun-loving people.
What I Love About Romania: Definitely the people. They are open, kind, speak numerous languages, and know how to live well and have fun. In many ways, they resemble the people in Serbia where I grew up, so coming here was in many ways like going home again.