Romania

Lauren Landgraf, April 27, Period 6

Climate and Weather

Romania has a temperate continental climate, meaning hot summers, cold winters and 4 distinct seasons. Snowfall is abundant all throughout Romania from December to March, even more so in mountainous areas. Rainfall is also common.

The best time to visit Romania would have to be in the spring or the early summer, when the most pleasant weather happens.

Culture

Official Language: Romanian (89%)

Other Languages: Hungarian (7%, mainly in Transylvania) and German (1.5%)


Though Romania is a secular state, meaning there is no state religion, Romanian Orthodox is an overwhelming majority (81%) the rest being Roman Catholic or Protestant.


There are many different holidays and festivals in Romania, all celebrated differently.

A few examples:


Bucharest of Old- Celebration of the city as it was 150 years ago, at varying times during July. Parades with people dressed in 1800's clothing, horse-drawn carriages, traditional food, music and special performances.


The Maidens' Fair (Targul de Fete)- A traditional matchmaking festival occurring sometime in July where villagers in traditional clothing hike up to Gaina Mountain for dancing, feasting and choosing a husband or wife.


Halloween in Transylvania - Tours, shows and celebrations that happen in October following the footsteps of Count Dracula, the novel character created by Bram Stoker.

Food

Prajitura Cu Afine

(Blueberry Cheesecake)


  • one cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • one cup mascarpone
  • 6 tablespoons cream
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar (to taste)




  1. Add half of the blueberries, 1 tablespoon of sugar and vanilla sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Set the pan aside and let the mixture cool.
  2. Crush the graham crackers to fine crumbs by hand or by food processor if not already crushed. Melt the butter and mix this with the graham cracker crumbs.
  3. Beat the mascarpone, cream and icing sugar until fluffy and creamy.
  4. Add biscuits, mascarpone, blueberries and blueberry sauce layered into serving glass.
  5. Keep the cheese cakes in the fridge if not served immediately, but take out the cakes for an hour before serving so that the cream cheese is soft again.

Current Information

Currency: Leu (Pronounced Rohn, plural lei)

Conversion in US Dollars: 1 Leu is equal to 25 cents

Government: semi-presidential democracy

Current Leader: Klaus Werner Iohannis (President) elected Nov. 16, 2014

Economy: transitioned to a free market economy in 1991

Top 3 Exports: Cars, Vehicle Parts, Insulated Wire

Transportation and Lodging

Round trip flight - $1,036

Hotel - $450 total

Day 1 - Leave Chicago at 9:20 pm, and fly for 19 hours and get to your hotel

Day 2 - Relax at the hotel

Day 3 - Go visit the Arch of Triumph in Bucharest (free)

Day 4 - Go visit Revolution Square where the Romanian people protested the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu for the first time (also free)

Day 5 - Go shopping at the largest mall in Romania - AFI Palace Mega Mall (might want to bring some money)

Day 6 - Pack up and head back to the airport

Day 7 - Return home

Total spent: $1,486, not including shopping or food

Did you know? - Romania - Romanian Business Culture video

Citations

Romania. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015. <http://romaniatourism.com/
festivals-events.html>.

"Romanian Economy." Heritage.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
<http://www.heritage.org/index/country/romania>.

"Romania News." Telegraph. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/romania/>.