It was time to say goodbye. Over a month had passed since finding my way through the winding hills of Western Romania and the time had come to move on. (PS: Not sure how I ended up here? Read Life on a Romanian Monastery: One Unforgettable Month, Figuring It All Out, The Facts, and Pestera Romanesti’s Concert in a Cave to familiarize yourself!)
I learned of life on a monastery, of bees, cooking, vegan life, farming, crafting. I learned to laugh more, to run wild while remaining at peace. I came to appreciate long walks alone and longer walks with friends. I was reminded that it’s okay to let loose, it’s okay to hug a little harder and laugh a little louder. I learned the real meaning of inner beauty and the unimportance of superficial style.
There are many stories still left untold – maybe someday they’ll make an appearance. These are some of the greatest memories, and they’re not over yet.
Click on an image to scroll through the gallery of images from a nearby monastery, Spring of Miron (Mănăstirea Izvorul lui Miron)
I have promised that one day I’ll return. The monastery has many unique characteristics, one in particular which makes a promise to visit in the future more plausible than most other places in the world. These women intend to stay here for life. Two weeks from now, two years from now, two decades from now, I know where to find them.
“Bring your children” said one.
“Come back after you’ve traveled the world” suggested another.
Whenever it is, I will be back.
This is a promise I fully intend to keep.
And now for some final, slightly haunting, photos of our final excursion together to the castle where Vlad the Impailer (Dracula!) was held hostage for seven years – quite a contrast from the monastery, isn’t it? A fun day trip with the other volunteers, brought to action because a new nun was coming to the monastery and we were invited along to pick her up in her hometown, near this castle. Yet another great experience!
Click on an image to scroll through the gallery of images from Corvin Castle (Hunyadi Castle or Hunedoara Castle):