When I walked into Hanul lui Manuc, I became lost in thought back to a long forgotten history lesson. It described the Western concept of time and how we see it as a linear function, on a straight line continuing into perpetuity. This lesson described the differentiation of the Eastern concept of time, redoubling back on itself like a loop or a cursive letter "e", written over and over and over. That concept seemed apparent to me as I watched the curved arches of Hanul lui Manuc on several floors continue onward as if to infinity. While no longer serving its original purpose as a caravanserai for protection and shelter, it was still repeating history, providing a hearth, community, and a meal for 3 weary travelers.
Brasov is in central Romania about 2.5 hours by train north of Bucharest. We decided to take 3 days here and regroup a bit since our 2:45AM bus ride was eventful and exhausting. We had taken a 9am train. It wound its way through tall firs, thick spruce, and bristly pines. Evidence of a higher … Continue reading Brasov/Bran/Siniai, Romania