I am a 29 year old American man planning a trip to Romania and in need of some advice and recommendations. If any of you could help, it would be greatly appreciated.
The primary reason for my trip is to visit a girl I met online from Iasi. However, I am also simply in need of a break, and a getaway from my stressful American life and looking to expand my view on the world. This will be my first significant international trip (previously only venturing into Canada briefly), and I speak only English (though I am slowly learning a bit of Romanian).
Our plans are very much still undecided and that is why I come here to this forum for help. What my friend and I do know is that we would like to spend a couple of days in Iasi, and nearby area just basically visiting, and then from there go traveling around the country and more or less experiencing whatever there is to experience. Of course, my friend has some more ideas on this than I do, and I am sure she will be a great tour guide for me, but I want to help expand her knowledge as well.
Also, dates are not yet firm, but probably around early October. Between about 7 and 12 days in duration but again, that is not yet decided.
I am planning to rent a car (although it seems interesting to me that so few places there seem to have automatic transmission cars - which is all I have experience with).
Both of us want to simply explore what there is to see, and spend some time together doing it. I personally am also interested in history and culture of a place so foreign to everything I know.
So, in summary to keep this post from getting any longer… Can anyone provide me with their thoughts for such a trip? Any recommendations, to-dos, to-donts, things to consider, etc? Anything would be greatly appreciated.