I had heard raves about Romania’s beautiful countryside, but still I found myself staring with open-mouthed awe when I arrived in Breb. It’s just so hard to play it cool sometimes, especially in front of views like this:
Much like our trip to Zdiar in Slovakia to stay at The Ginger Monkey, Dan and I probably wouldn’t have considered visiting Breb if we hadn’t come across a mention of Babou Maramures on Wikitravel. A cozy hostel in a tiny village in the Romanian mountains? Count me in!
The best part?
Can you guess?
The hostel dog, of course!
Babou is run by a young Dutch couple, though you’ll also see plenty of Grandma around – the old Romanian woman whose one stipulation when selling her property to the hostel owners was that she be allowed to spend the rest of her days in a small cottage in the backyard. And yes, she is the cutest.
After hitchhiking from Debrecen, Hungary to Baia Mare where we caught a minivan to Breb, we arrived to find an Australian couple sharing the hostel with us, which was pretty perfect considering they greeted us with a roaring fire in the wood stove and an open bottle of wine.
Breb is so pretty that I would have happily spent all my time there wandering the village, but Dan likes to climb things so we had to head to the mountains. The mountains!
Um, have I mentioned yet how much I love Romania? We already had that conversation? Well fine, in that case I’ll just leave you with these photos.
Who wants to open a hostel with me in Romania? Anyone?
Pretty please? Daniel? (as if he reads this blog)