In August, 2004, twelve pilgrims from the First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist of Bridgewater, Massachusetts made the congregation's first visit to its partner Unitarian congregation in Haranglab, Transylvania. The travelers included two children, three teens, and seven adults. The trip involved flying from Boston to Bucharest, Romania, visiting our partner congregation and many Unitarian and other significant historic sites in Transylvania, and returning via Budapest, Hungary.
Click the dates in the itenerary below for photos and stories. Also see my August 2010 PowerPoint presentation, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Pilgrims ready for departure from Bridgewater
|Note from James
Unless otherwise indicated, the photos and captions presented here are the responsibility of geographer and UU James Hayes-Bohanan, one of twelve pilgrims on this journey. (My thanks to all of you for your patience with my constant shutterbugging!) The twelve of us were cared for by two drivers, two translators, PCC travel guru John Dale, our hosts in Haranglab, and numerous local guides, ministers, and hosts. Every place we went has three or four names, and everything we did was done in two or three languages. Plus, I'm terrible with names in the best of circumstances. No photograph lies, but the stories told by each photo are subject to interpretation. I invite fellow travelers, our hosts who might be viewing these pages, and others with experience in the region to share any corrections, rebutals, or elaborations at firstname.lastname@example.org .
All photos presented here were originally shot at 2MB resolution, which is adequate for 4x6 prints. I have not posted the higher-resolution versions, but I would be happy to share them on request, along with many photographs from the trip that are not included on this web site and higher-resolution versions of the videos.
Finally, have no fear: county maps of Romania (and other maps as I get them ready) are coming to this site!