On the south of Brasov is the National park Bucegi. A beautiful area with mountains and big forests, popular for hiking. In these forests live a lot of bears. I was coming from Brasov and if you follow the DN1 you drive through the Prahova valley. Beautiful but really popular so really busy with a lot of traffic jams. Not only because people come there for nature but also because the Peles castle is also in this valley.
I wanted to go to a wild camping spot close to Busteni. When I arrived I had to pay 10 lei (2 euro) for going into the valley. I was surprised to see that so many people camp there in the wild, and even mark 'their space' with fences. I found a place but got stuck in mud, it did rain a lot the last weeks. Nice Romanians pushed me out and I decided to stay there for two days.
People allready warned me not to leave food outside of the van because of the bears. Then the first evening people came to me and told me there were bears at the dumpster close to where I parked. I left Tara in the van and went to the dumpster. There was a mother bear with two baby bears looking for food in the dumpster. Several people were making pictures. I felt impressed, scared, sad and surprised at the same time. What a beautiful animals, and how sad they have to eat from the dumpster.
Half of the bear population in Europe lives in Romania, in the Capatian mountains. More and more bears come to dumpsters in villages and campsites and even to Brasov. Also tourists come here to see bears. This is problematic because more people get attacked by bears. They come too close, or challenge the bears. Also people get attacked by bears when the pick berries or mushrooms, in almost all the cases bears defent their food or their baby's. Another interesting thing is that bears live during the day, I was wrong because I though they were living during the night. Just in places where something is disturbed the bears appear during the night. #vanlife#vanlifelocationromania#vanliferomania#vanlifeeurope#vanlifegirls#dogvanlife#bears#roadtripeurope#travelphotography#traveleurope#travelromania#travel_photography#wanderlust#bucegi
Since yesterday we have a new family member; Lilly. Two days ago we parked near the Danube close to Macin. Immediately a straydog came to us. I gave her food and from the first moment she stayed close to us. She is really sweet and not affraid. I asked the fishermen and the men that sell honey there during the summer if they knew of the dog belonged to someone. They all said she was a straydog. I thought she maybe had other dogs around her, but I didn't saw any straydogs that day or the day after. In the evening Tara and me went inside the van. Lilly kept looking for a place around the van but she kept moving and looking for a better place. I took her inside the van and she slept from 22.00 till 9.00. In the morning after a lot of thinking and doubts if it would be a good decision I took her with me. I just couldnt leave her there. Tara accepts her, sometimes she is a little bit jealous but if I handle that correctly it will pass. I took her to a veterinarian one hour drive from where I was. She got sick of the driving, but I guess she never drove in a car before. I was lucking to find the best veterinarian for her. A women who works together with a Dutch organisation who does neutralising projects in that region. She has four straydogs and 10 straycats herself. I told her my doubts of taking her, and she said I definately made the good decision. She checked Lilly and gave her all vacinations and papers. Probably she is one year old. She is blind on one eye but she is healthy. Now she has to get used to all the new things. And the three of us to the new situation. We will take it slow and as relaxt as possible, and probably we dont go back through the Balkan but take an easier road. We are now staying on a campsite to relax after these busy and emotional days. #vanlife#vanliferomania#vanlifeeurope#vanlifegirls#wanderlust#straydogsofinstagram#dogvanlife#dogstagram#travelphotography#vanliferomania#romania#roadtripeurope#streetprincess#streetsofeurope#adoptdontshop
In Brasov I found the perfect parking, next to the city walls and the woods. Busy during the day but silent during the night. Brasov is a big city in the east of Transylvania. I walked a little bit through the city and in the evening I met some people via couchsurfing. One local told me that on the place of the Brasov sign first was the name of a political party. They put it there after the fall of the communists. The people of Brasov didn't like this and the city changed the sign in Brasov. Another thing he told me was that in 1950 the communists changed the name of the city in Stalin City. After that they cut down trees on the hill and the remaining trees formed the name Stalin. At the end of the 1950's the name of the city was changed back to Brasov and the trees that formed the name Stalin were cut down.
The next morning I decided to climb the hill to the Brasov sign. Just a few people were also climbing the hill but when we arrived up the hill there were a lot of people. They arrived by cable car. I decided to go back with the cable car because both Tara and me were tired and on several places the path was slippery because of mud. We had a great time climbing the hill. The coordinates of the parking are 45.640701, 25.594999. #vanlife#vanlifeeurope#vanlifelocationromania#vanliferomania#streetsofeurope#soloroadtrip#travelromania#travel_photography#traveleurope#brasov#wanderlust#homeiswhereyouparkit#dogvanlife
⁉️If you are not obsessed with your dog, then can I really even trust you?
I’m boarding a plane for a trip to Idaho for a family fun outdoor trip. (Fun fact I spent my summers in ID as a kid). _______
Excited to be in the woods with the bears and elk, float the river, catch steelhead and shoot guns.... 🐻 🚣 🎣 🌲
But leaving my dogs behind is the hard part. I miss them already.
Soon enough tho we will be traveling the country in a van together just #lovinglife . ————-
Dogs make life so sweet, and they each have a lesson to teach us about ourselves.
Currently in the Kennedy household I have 2+1 dogs. ————
1️⃣ Mr. Beau @mistermisterbeau I adopted last Sept. from ASPCA. He had severe separation anxiety and was surrendered TWICE. He was on high doses of anti-anxiety meds but does really well with other dogs. I adopted him to support my senior dog Lady (who passed on 2.17.18 🌈)
2️⃣ Abby Mae - adopted 5.31.18. Sweet boxer mix who loves cuddles but is dog selective and leash reactive. We are working on positive training.
3️⃣ Kayla Deliana - my foster dog since April. Was in the shelter with a broken leg, we vetted her to full recovery. She’s the one I carried in a backpack!! 😂 She’s 1 year old and has come such a long way. I would have called her “psycho” when I first got her with no manners!
These are my babies, and yes sometimes they make me get a little more creative in life. But they are worth it. ———-
How many dogs do you have? .
P.S. “Non-animal” people go ahead and try to make your case. #goodluck
Sorry we’ve been MIA...mom and dad bought a new camper van and we’re going on a road trip to da UP! (That’s in Michigan for those of you non-Michiganders 👋) It makes our parents so happy that we can join them@on this vacation!
Through the Turda gorge you can only walk. I parked at a parking in the valley and I decided to stay the night there. During the day it was really busy but later in the afternoon most of the people left. I went into the gorge with Tara. During the day there might be a guard asking for 4 lei entrance fee. In the beginning the path is easy, later it becomes more narrow, steep and slippery. Again several people on normal sandals and flipflops, not a good idea! There are several bridges where you cross the river, they are not in a good condition. There are even signs "Don't jump on the bridge". After 45 minutes I decided to walk back. Tara was getting tired and the path was getting more difficult. Tara and me really enjoyed the walk.
There were five straydogs living on the parking. One of them was in heath. Two male dogs were following her all the time and did fight several times. Really sad to see them like this. All got injured and more puppy's will be born on the street soon.
The coordinates of the parking are 46.561021, 23.691503. #streetsofeurope#soloroadtrip#dogstagram#dogvanlife#travelromania#travel_photography#travelphotography#traveleurope#turdagorge#romania#roadtripeurope#vanlife#vanlifeeurope#vanlifelocationromania#vanlifegirl#wanderlust
Târgu Mureș is the capital city of district Mureș in Transylvania. In 1332 it was mentioned for the first time in a document. Is has some nice old buildings and it has the Teleki library. The library has a collection of 200.000 books, with many special and old books. Count Sámuel Teleki was the founder of the public library. After his death the library was supervised by the Reformed church. In 1951 the library was nationalized under the communist regime, and in 1955 another library was put in the building. Since 1974 the whole collections are together the Mureş County Library.
In Târgu Mureș I found a nice free parking for the night near a sports complex and next to the river. The coordinates are 46.56179, 24.569381. #vanlife#vanlifeeurope#vanlifelocationromania#vanlifegirl#streetsofeurope#soloroadtrip#dogvanlife#dogstagram#wanderlust#travelromania#travel_photography#traveleurope#targumures
I saw allready a lot of castles and fortresses in Romania. The Rupea Fortress is impressive from the outside. It lays on a hill overlooking the valley. It is also one of the oldest archaeological sites in Romania. They found signs of human settlement from Paleolithic and early Neolithic times. That is 5500 BC - 3500 BC. The current castle is a medieval castle. In 1324 the first time it is mentioned in documents. But archaeologist say this castle is built on ruins of a Dacian fort. A legend says that Dacian king Decebales committed suicide in the citadel around 105-106. I went inside because I wanted to spent the night on the parking. Inside was not really interesting, but for 2 euro's its not that bad. The good thing of spending the night on a beautiful location is that you can see sunset and sunrise, for me the most beautiful moments of the day. The coordinates are 46.038172, 25.2114. #streetsofeurope#soloroadtrip#romania#roadtripeurope#rupeafortress#vanlifeeurope#vanlifelocationromania#vanlife#dogvanlife#dogstagram#traveleurope#travel_photography#travelromania#wanderlust