Yesterday we took a little break from the classes to visit a couple of Romania’s landmarks. The first stop was the Turda Salt Mine, where we went on a guided tour through the salt galleries, where we learned how salt used to be mined until its price decreased so much that the extraction was no longer profitable and the salt mine was turned into a museum.
We also enjoyed the tourist dedicated area, from the mini golf courses and carousel rides in the Rudolph mine to the boat rides in the salt lake that is actually so saturated that the island in the middle is made entirely out of salt. Of course, we took a lot of photos, because the mines look incredible! They even have salt stalactites that form from water dripping in the mine.
Afterwards, we returned to the buses to go visit Cluj, the second most populous city of Romania and the place where the Untold music festival takes place (this year’s edition ended last Sunday). We wandered around the old town looking for something to eat (ending up at the very „traditional” Subway, KFC or Salad Box) and we visited the St. Michael’s Church, where were lucky enough to hear someone practicing the organ. Later, we visited the Cetățuia Park, where we had panoramic view of the city and we took the opportunity to quiz the people from Cluj about all the interesting buildings we could see.
We spent the evening back in Târgu Mureș, where we played board games and looked at the photos we took.