While driving through the green hills and misty valleys near Suceava, the gateway to the painted monasteries of Bucovina, we stopped to enjoy a particularly beautiful view. As we rested, a man and his young dog approached us from a nearby farm. We didn’t speak Romanian and the farmer didn’t speak English but we played with his dog, and much enjoyed our encounter. From his farewell, it appeared he enjoyed his time with us as well.
Photo © 2010 John Schilling
Southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Ukraine. Central Transylvanian Basin, Eastern Carpathian Mountains, Transylvanian Alps in south. 238,391 km2 (slightly < OR), 39% arable.
Capital Bucharest (1.9M)
Population 21.8M (91.6/km/km2)
Life expectancy 74 years
Lang(s) Romanian (OFFICIAL) 91%, Hungarian 7%, Romany (Gypsy) 1%, other 1%
Religions Eastern Orthodox 87%, Protestant 8%, Roman Catholic 5%, Muslim and other <1%
Ethnic Groups Romanian 90%, Hungarian 7%, Roma 3%, other <1%
PCVs 1991-2012 (phasing out); community economic development; environmental management and education; institutional development; teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). VOLUNTEERS-IN-COUNTRY 78; TOTAL VOLUNTEERS-TO-DATE 1,174.
Nat’l holiday Unification Day (of Romania and Transylvania), 1 December (1918)