Leaving a safe haven is very hard. Saying goodbye to favourite people and familiarity as you head to unfamiliar territory is difficult for most adventurers. My adventure was about to start. I was heading to Transylvania Romania to celebrate Halloween with Dracula himself on a 7-day mystical adventure. I could not wait.

Sibiu Romania
Sibiu

I arrived in Sibiu Romania, a beautiful town within the county of Transylvania. An historian’s dream, this medieval town boasts numerous beautiful landmarks to research and explore, coupled with energy and backdrops perfect for unlimited photographs. And with all this gorgeous scenery and numerous artifacts to explore, the most remarkable sight of all is the scenic mountain crowned with a medieval fortress at its peak…

Sibiu Romania
Beautiful Sibiu Scenery

The fortress looked picturesque, majestic, and powerful. I enjoyed seeing it from below…. I was satisfied with using a zoom lens… And then the ball dropped… we were about to embark on a scenic and exerting climb to the top for stunning panoramas and unmatched scenic views of the entire city.

Sibiu Romania
The start of the trek

*Gulp* I couldn’t imagine climbing all the way up there. I had never done anything like this. I thought to myself – who knows if I will ever be back. This may be my only chance. So I decided to face the challenge, dressed conveniently in my trusty trainers.

The trek involved 1480 steps of various heights, sizes, and sturdiness, not to mention stamina and a good dose of confidence. So with that, I chugged my drink, polished off some carbs and headed to the first step to begin my ascend.

1480 steps!
1480 steps!

 

Sibiu Romania
And here we start hiking

Every 300 steps or so I stopped for a rest and refuel. I kept saying to myself slowly and surely wins the race! Then I saw the end appearing…I reached the summit! Although it took over an hour, I proudly lifted my head high and acknowledged my accomplishment. And my guide was right – the views of the countryside from the fortress were beautiful with mountain ranges spanning beyond the horizon. I forgot for a moment about the exhausting climb and just savoured the moment here in Sibiu Romania – a country I never thought I’d get the chance to explore.

The Fortress at the Summit - Sibiu Romania
The Fortress at the Summit

 

More of the Fortress - Sibiu Romania
More of the Fortress

 

Beautiful Views at Sibiu Romania
Beautiful Views

 

Dog in Sibiu Romania
Met a Friend Along the Way

 

Sibiu Romania
I made it!
Never did I anticipate completing such a stamina-induced activity. I was proud that this 1480-stair adrenaline fuelled adventure was put in front of me to challenge my confidence.
Sibiu Romania
The Views made it worth it!

 

Sibiu Romania
The Views made it worth it!
Adventure is defined differently by everyone. It’s as much or as little as you want it to be. If you live each day thinking it may be your last, you will buy that ticket, you will eat that weird food, and you will climb those 1480 steps.
Latte in Sibiu Romania
Celebratory Latte after the trek

 

Climbing 1480 Steps in Sibiu Romania
Climbing 1480 Steps in Sibiu Romania

 

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