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Impressions from Transilvania

Here we do not meet Dracula, but instead Norwegian romanticism and Saxon patriotism.

Transilvania is a myth. Especially when one has not been there before, this area in the northwest of Romania is primarily associated with vampires and Count Dracula. Arriving at the airport in Transilvania's largest city of Cluj, the myth is kept alive through the sale of lots of Dracula nips: small Dracula busts, Dracula chocolates, Dracula soft drinks and Dracula jerseys.
Only in the taxi into the city do you get to shake off the fantasy performances. On both sides of the road are kilometers of prosaic apartment blocks built under the Ceaus¸escu regime, when urbanization took off in earnest. There is little doubt that it is cheap in Cluj. The taxi ride from the airport into the city, a trip of just over 11 kilometers, costs in the local currency 30 lei – about 60 Norwegian. . .

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