Posted by: jr | January 4, 2010

Romanian Revelion 2009

It was the first time for me to celebrate New Year in Romania. New Year’s celebration party in Romania names Revelion. We, me and my mom, decided to celebrate New Year 2010 with Cristina, mother’s kindergarten friend, her family and her good friends. We were 18 people who went there to celebrate Revelion together. On December 30 we drove a car from Iaşi. to the Făgăraş Mountains. We have celebrated the New Year at a place called Bâlea Lake (Romanian pronunciation: [bɨlea], coordinates 45 ° 36 ‘7.2 “N, 24 ° 37’ 1.2” E, surface elevation 2.034 m, 4.7 Surface area have (max length 360m, maximum width 190 m), average depth 11:35 m). 

Bâlea Lake, Făgăraş Mountains, Romania

Bâlea Lake, Făgăraş Mountains, Romania

Bâlea Lake i a periglacial lake and it’s formed where the natural drainage of the topography is obstructed by an ice sheet, ice cap or glacier. Bâlea Lake are situated between the Olt Defile and the Piatra Craiului Mountains (= Rock of the King). There are two chalets opened all the year round, a meteorological station and a mountain rescue (= Salvamont) station. It is accessible by car on the Transfăgărăşan road during the summer, and the rest of the year by a cable car from the Bâlea Cascadă chalet. Magnificent scenery and the weather plays tricks constantly.

Bâlea Lake at night

Bâlea Lake at night

We lived there in a chalet which was Ceausescu‘s old hunting chalet. One of the families who went with us lived in Ceausescu‘s old apartment. Fun! 

Chalet's cat who lost its tail in a fight with a fox.     Chalet's dog who had recently fightats with a bear.

Chalet’s cat who lost its tail in a fight with a fox. Chalet’s dog who had recently fightats with a bear.

On New Year’s Eve, we visited the Ice Hotel and we played a bit around the mountain. Sledding, snow wars and little odds and ends. The funny thing was that we were unknowingly filmed during the time we visited the Ice Hotel and we saw ourselves on the TV news in the evening. Guess if we were baffled!

My mom and her friend, Cristina, had fun in the snow.

My mom and her friend, Cristina, had fun in the snow.

In 2006, the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built in the vicinity of the lake. It is not even close to our  Swedish ice hotel, but it was worth seeing. 12 Britons have been celebrating the New Year there. 

Ice Hotel at Bâlea Lake

Ice Hotel at Bâlea Lake

Bedroom at Ice Hotel, Bâlea Lake

Bedroom at Ice Hotel, Bâlea Lake

On New Year’s Eve, we took a long trip to the mountain rescue station. We passed through Bâlea Tunnel, the longest road tunnel in Romania (884 m). It was a real adventure to walk on narrow serpentine-shaped paths along the narrow steep cliffs with great abyss below them. 

We are *waging war* with icicles in Bâlea Tunnel, the longest road tunnel in Romania (884 m).

We are *waging war* with icicles in Bâlea Tunnel, the longest road tunnel in Romania (884 m).

The new year, 2010, we celebrated with good food, singing, dancing and games, fireworks and much joy. An hour later, we rang to  Sweden to wish dad Gunnar A Happy New Year and the whole company sang for him. He just laughed and did understand nothing. 😀 But he was happy that we phoned and congratulated him from 2.034 m height. 

New Year's dinner table Bâlea Lake, in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania Waiter at the Bâlea Lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania New Year's appetizers at the Bâlea Lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania New Years main course at the Bâlea Lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania New Year's dessert at the Bâlea Lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania New Years fruits at the Bâlea Lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania 

 

Happy New Year, 2010!

Happy New Year, 2010!

In the morning we were hit by a massive storm. It was like going through the yogurt. On the television news told them that we at Bâlea Lake was snowbound and isolated, but we had heat and stores… It was a bit scary actually… New Year’s Day we celebrated by visiting another chalet on the evening. It was celebrated with brass, songs and sparklers. 

New Year's Day at the Bâlea Lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania

New Year's Day at the Bâlea Lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania

The 2nd January, in the morning, we began our journey back to Iaşi. It was pretty exciting because it was a terrible snowstorm and fog. We were unsure if the cable cars were running, but we were lucky. 

Picture from the cable car at the Bâlea Lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, Romania

Picture from the cable car

Well further down the mountain, we drove the more sunnier and drier weather, it was… Strange! 

Throwing plastic bottles anywhere is very dangerous for the environment but also for the poor animals. We drove through a village where we saw a poor poor dog whose head got stuck in a plastic bottle. We stopped our car and tried to save the poor dog but it was really scared of us and ran fast as lightning and hid on a farm. 

A poor dog whose head got stuck in a plastic bottle.

A poor dog whose head got stuck in a plastic bottle.

My mom told me that when she was a teenager, it was popular for the young people traveled in groups and tents in Făgăraş Mountains. The goal was to go over Făgăraş Mountains, and preferably by the Transfăgărăşan road. To some extent this tradition alive today. Therefore, I am really glad because I got the chance to experience a few days in the Făgăraş Mountains

A district priest came blessed the apartment, Iasi, RomaniaAn interesting experience I had also the third January, in Iaşi, where the district priest came to my grandmother and blessed her apartment, handed out a Christian Orthodox calendar whished all in the house a good and happy new year with good health and with only success. There is obviously still an old Romanian tradition that priests are going and bless everyone’s home before Christmas and after the New Year. Such does not happen in Sweden, what I know anyway… 

//Andreea Soldan

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Responses

  1. nice pictures
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    • Thank you! 🙂

  2. Fantastic job, Andrea! You are very careful to describe the traditions so that we have ourselves a good picture of what tradition means and how important they are for the people. Your Swedish and Romanian CREW-mates discover certain that it does not differ so much between our European traditions. It is perhaps the case that the traditions walk around? And that we learn from each other? 😉

    • Yeah!

      And thank you for the trip!!!;D

  3. The picture with the dog ii moust successful :)))

    However we have the finest traditions and places :X:X

    Good job !!!

    • I really liked it there!! ;D So great!
      Thanx!

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