I have always wanted to go on a snowboarding holiday, despite hating the cold and that I have never even stepped foot on a snowboard I was totally up for a new adventure. So when my brother, Josh, called me up and said he was planning a trip to Romania with a bunch of our good friends, and our parents, there was no way I could've said no.
Surprisingly awake and excited for our snowy adventure, it began at 3 am on the morning of 27th December.
My brother Josh in the gondola.
From the moment we arrived I fell in love with Poiana's beauty, it was exactly how I had imagined it. Snow covered wooden lodges, blue skies and mammoth mountains. Our first trip in the gondola to the top of the highest slope, Lupului, was so incredible as we had such a great view of the whole area.
My Fiance Luke at the top of Lupului
Our first day of snowboarding was....well...painful! We split up into 2 groups, each with our snowboarding instructors - our group being complete beginners and the other group having had snowboarded before. I had no idea how hard it would be, it honestly could not grasp the technique at all but I was determined to keep trying until eventually I managed to stand up on the board for a whole 5 minuets without falling.
Ready to hit the slopes!
There is no shortage or traditional restaurants in Romania; they're seriously some of the most impressive places I have ever eaten.
As we entered Şura Dacilor (The Dacians' Barn) it felt as though we had traveled back in time. It' was a very impressive, very medieval-feeling, Romanian restaurant. Inside looked like an ancient hunting lodge, complete with animal heads, log chairs covered in sheepskin, open wood fires and folk art. Serving traditional Romanian foods including some really usual meats such as bear! Yes, you read that correctly, bear meat. The highlight for me was their Papanasi, a traditional Romanian dessert, which resembles a doughnut without the hole, served with sour cream and fruit compote. Seriously good.
We spent NYE in Piața Sfatului, Brasov town square, starting the evening right with a nice hot cup of vin fiert (hot wine). Just what we needed to warm ourselves up.
NYE was amazing, Brasov knew how to put on a show, and it certainly did not disappoint. Live music, laser light shows, fireworks, dancing, and of course lots of vin fiert. The whole town came alive and the atmosphere was incredible. Dancing was the only way to keep warm... any excuse.
New years day snowboarding.
Spending new years day on the top of a snowy mountain was so cool, literally. We spent most of the day falling....ahem, I mean snowboarding and enjoying hot chocolates on the top of Lupului at The Dudes Pub.
Romania was so much fun, although it was really cold. The coldest it got whilst we were there was a toe numbing -37 degrees. I thought I was prepared enough with the amount of thermals and layers I had but next time I am investing in a thermal sleeping bag onesie haha.
Here is a short video of the highlights from our vacation shot and edited by my very talented fiancé Luke, try not to laugh too hard at me falling over.
Have you ever visited Romania? If so I would love to hear all about it.