We had found a great wild camping spot next to a river in a wooded area of the main road. Jenny had spotted it as we were coming down the hill and we were looking for a place to spent the day and stay overnight, it was so good that we spent 2 days and night there. I was a local picnic area and the weather was warm and many people took advantage of the place, it was Sunday when we arrived. We set up behind some trees next to the river put our chair out and prepared to relax for the rest of the day.
Doof doof doof music we heard from a car that was going to park close to where we were. We looked at each other and had the same thought, oh no there goes the serenity!! Out of the car came 5 young people setting up for a picnic, and the music stopped. What a relief!
About a half an hour later one of the group came passed our campsite and in very good English asked us if we would like to join them for a drink. It is a rare time when I knock back an offer to have a beer so we joined them and sat on their rug and shared a drink with them. They were from a nearby village and came to this place often, the 2 lads where 24 years old and the 3 girls were 19 years old. They were interested in our travels and were interested in how people live in Romania.
They had lit a fire and were going to cook some food and they suggested that we join them as they had plenty to go around. We were a bit reluctant at first as we did not want to presume on their hospitality but they insisted that they had plenty and we would be most welcome. They cooked potatoes in a curved dish filled with oil, chicken and sausages on a griller, had a salad made and a loaf of bread.
We all sat on their rug eating our meal on paper plates and drinking beer which had been cooled in the river. It was overwhelming to receive such hospitality from a group a young people who had no idea who we were. I must say that the meal was delicious.
When they left we gave the girls a small koala each and the lads a key ring to thank them for their hospitality. To people who think that Eastern Europe and places like Romania are scary, I say go there and have a look for yourself as the people are hospitable, open and friendly.