A Date With The Vampire

I'm sticking with my vampire theme, so you may have to get used to it for a few days.

After many years of loving Dracula, vampire, and other horror stories, I have a strong desire to go to Transylvania.  Combine that with my more recent fascination with all things Hungarian, and it has become a necessity to go.

It's a well known fact that the literary Count Dracula comes from Transylvania.  In the past few years, it has been brought to light that his character was loosely based off of a 15th century prince of a nearby region - not necessarily Transylvania.  This has opened up a whole new world of visiting the (formerly) mythical land.  No one can resist the opportunity to sell plastic fangs to tourists.

Ask anyone interested in Dracula, and they will tell you that Transylvania is in Romania - causing Dracula to be a Romanian.  Ask a Hungarian, however, about Transylvania, and they will probably tell you that it is a fantastic region of Hungary.  They will then mention that it is currently, and unfortunately, inside the borders of Romania.  It all goes back to that annoying Treaty of Trianon when Hungary was forced to give away over two thirds of it's territory.

This may sound like an issue of jealousy on their part, but I'm looking at it with an open mind.  Erdély, in the language of its former country, is said to have a noteworthy population of Hungarians.  Also, I've heard it has a lot of Magyar customs and culture.

Why am I talking about all of this?  Because I'm finally going to visit.  I've tried, and failed, to visit this region on four separate occasions.  For one reason or another, they've all been canceled at the last minute.

I blame Dracula.  I think he is very clever, and he wants me to stay out of his homeland.  This time, though, I have a good feeling.  We have a car, a hotel reservation, an open weekend, and an obsession to fulfill.

Plus, my dad may be a vampire (  See yesterday's entry. ), so that should work to our advantage.  He just walked in and asked me to stop writing about him.  How did he know I'm typing this?  Is it a vampire power?

Tomorrow, cruicifix in hand, I'll begin my fifth attempt to go to Transylvania.  I may not have a computer tomorrow, so I may not be able to write a post.  I have a favor to ask, though, if you don't hear from me in a few days, grab some holy water and come looking for me.

Hungarian word of the day:

Erdély

Pronounced Err-day.  As I said, this means Transylvania.  It doesn't quite have the same scary ring to it, but it's much easier to say.