Choosing to have visible body hair may be unremarkable in the city I live, but it often causes insensitive comments when I travel.
While Bram Stoker’s 1897 vampire novel “Dracula” may have painted Romania, or, more specifically, Transylvania, as a dark and scary place, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you want to feel the fear in Transylvania, give Dracula’s Castle a miss and head to any of the region’s other atmospheric haunts.
Find gasp-worthy spots in Romania’s most fascinating region.
From sheep’s cheese aged in bark tubes to balls of polenta that help shepherd’s fight bears, discover the culinary curiosities hiding in Romania’s mountains.
Visit each of these destinations and follow Dracula’s footsteps around Europe.
Make sure to leave the silver and garlic at home.