Sunday April 7, 2019

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. But you refused.

Today we skipped church so we could spend the afternoon at Bran Castle. We walked down to the bus station to find out the we missed the bus by 1 minute, but we were saved from an hour long wait with three kids by a very nice taxi driver who offered to drive us to Bran and back. As much as I wanted the adventure of taking the bus, waiting for an hour until the next departure with three kids sounded like a bad idea. So we hopped into the taxi with Eugene and were at the castle in about 30 minutes with a private tour guide to show us the best places to get traditional Romanian treats like Kurtos and Langos (Hungarian fried flat break topped with jam).

Kurtos (pronounced Kurtosh) covered in cinnamon

We all had a great time learning about the history of the castle and the story behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula. When we were buying our tickets both Anjali and David were very interested in the seeing the torture exhibit, so we made our way through that portion of the castle towards the end of our tour. This ended up being a bit more than I was wanting them to see, especially Lucia, and as we walked viewed the various torture mechanisms I could see their interest slowly fade, so we made a fairly rapid exit and headed to our driver. Here are a few pictures from the castle.

A secret staircase that was not discovered until the 1900’s

We ended up having a great afternoon with no real tantrums or fights, even though, despite our best efforts, David didn’t eat much food at all. On a positive note he did prove to us that he has control over his behavior with no food, which is a nice change of pace! We made it home, ordered some pizza, sent the kids to bed and Jeff took off for his ultimate frisbee game while I stayed back and enjoyed some TV and wine! This was a wonderful family day and am so grateful that everyone was in a good mood so we all could enjoy the experience of Dracula’s Castle!


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