Upon the invitation of Lumina University in Bucharest, Romania, a group of students and Dr. Mustafa Arslan from the Department of Oriental Philology and the dean of the Education Faculty, Dr. Melih Karakuzu set out for Romania thorough Bosnian and Serbian roads with wonderful natural beauties on Friday, May 31, 2013.
The first stop was Belgrade in Serbia. After a quick sightseeing around the city, the group departed for Bucharest, Romania. On the way to Romania, the group had a chance to watch the beautiful scenery of green yards all along the glorious Danube which is a river in Central Europe, the continent's second longest after the Volga. Classified as an international waterway, it originates in the town of Donaueschingen which is in the Black Forest. Climbing up to hilarious forest roads along the banks of Serbian side of the Danube and National Park Djerdap on the slopes of Carpathian Mountains. At the time of dawn of Saturday Burch students group had stopped at Donji Milanovac, a nice small town of Serbia located along the Danube near Serbia-Romania Border crossing for the breakfast.
Within Romania the scheduled route points towards Bucharest were Turnu Severin, Filiasi, Craiova, Slatina, and via Pitesti. Following the arrival in Bucharest, the group visited International School of Bucharest where the school administers have welcome the visiting students and offered dinner composed of delicious meals of Turkish and Romanian traditional Cuisine. After a short informative presentation by the teachers of the school, students have gone to the nice city hotel, Sir Colentina in the center of Bucharest.
The next day, having a nice continental breakfast the group visited Lumina University in Bucharest. On a slight rainy Sunday, group paid a visit to the memorial cemetery of Turkish troops who became martyr during the World War I, when they came to support the troops of German Allies in Galician Front. Vice General Director of Lumina Educational Institutions, Mr. Ahmet Dastan has guided the visitors perfectly all day long city sightseeing tour in Bucharest. City tour included Palace of the Parliament, Victoria Square and many other historical place of interest and attractions.
Towards the evening the groups headed towards Costanta, the oldest extant city in Romania. It was founded around 600 BC. The city is located in the Dobruja region of Romania, on the Black Sea coast. The driver drove the bus with moderate speed and attentively on the Motorway A2 between Bucharest and Costanta. Our guide among the students, Ersin was a Romanian citizen, with Tatar ancestry, perfectly guided the group and made a great surprise for all the visitors that we would spend the night in a student dorm, where he once upon a time stayed for a couple of years as a student in Medgidia, 30 km before Costanta. The dormitory was built in 1993 and served many native students until today. The dormitory got its name from the river Danube, which is located in the never ending green yards of nice small town of Medgidia. After having a welcome dinner by the dormitory manager the students rushed to have an evening walk in the streets of Medgidia.
Next morning the destination was Costanta. Around eleven o’clock, our bus arrived just in the center of beautiful historical city in the Black Sea coast. Having visited the Carol I mosque, the biggest one in Costanta, the Cathedral, students ended the day trip with lovely and enjoyable boat tour on the waters of Black Sea coast of fascinating city, Costanta. On the way back to Medgidia the students group had a one-and-half-an-hour shopping break in the largest shopping mall of Costanta, Maritime.
On the last day of Romania Trip, after the breakfast the group set out for Slanic to visit the biggest salt mine of Europe, Unirea. The last stop was a camping site, Potigrafu where we had lunch in the bungalow restaurant, about 50 km away from Central Bucharest towards Ploesti.
In the evening the group began to get back to Sarajevo around 7 pm local time. Inward route to Sarajevo was different from the one, outward to Bucharest beginning from the entry into Serbian border, near Turnu Severin. This time our bur drivers preferred to follow the route to the southern part of Serbia via Kraljevo, Čačak, Višegrad to allow the group of students to see different natural beauties of neighboring countries and Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as the historical bridge on the river Drina which, however, has become the sign of deep griefs for the people of Bosnia and Turks in war times.
On the way back all passengers stated their impressions about the trip, individually. Although it is a tiring and long-lasted travel, all passengers returned good and lovely impressions, taking hundreds of photographs and videos and unforgettable memoirs. This lovely trip ended upon the arrival of our bus at the Burch campus. All the students expressed their wish to repeat such trips to discover the beauties of other countries and get to know the cultures of the people of other lands, to establish friendship through contacting such people and breaking the misconceptions and prejudice about each other.