Grüezi to Romania” and a big smile, the first encounter with a Romanian, a customs officer who visited Switzerland a few years ago. As I arrived at the border in Siret to cross into Romania from Ukraine, I was excited to see a change. Ukraine has been a great and important experience, but I hoped for more social interactions with locals, a little better road conditions and of course, again new and different landscapes.
My wish seemed to come true, a few km after the border I was cycling on a smooth and well-paved road, leading me through the first small Romanian villages. Compared to Ukraine, the main streets and highways in Romania led through the villages and cities, where in Ukraine they ran outside the residential areas.
Cycling in Romania felt like a step back in time but in a good way! Although I already saw some horse-drawn carts in Ukraine, in Romania there were almost as much of them as cars. Here it was definitely easier to get in touch with local people, most of them sitting on a bench in front of their houses and always greeting back as I cycled by![/penci_text_block][/vc_column][/vc_row]