The mysterious and intriguing Road to Dracula led the 2019 Erasmus+ students to the discovery of the beauty and friendliness of Brasov. Halloween in Transylvania represents the most wanted event organized by Erasmus Student Network Romania, because of its unexpected ways of unravelling the secrets of the region. The wilderness of Brasov’s nature gave the Erasmus+ students the chance to take a breath of fresh air, while the architecture of the city and of the castles stand impressive in front of their eyes, making them feel like guests of honour.
Having fun while discovering new ways to express yourself represents a major part in our mission of integrating people from all over the world.
Peleș welcomed the Erasmus+ students with its characteristic royalty and sense of beauty. They enjoyed the opportunity of observing a royal lifestyle and showed a real interest in Romanian culture, architecture and history. On the second day of Halloween in Transylvania, the Erasmus+ students followed Dracula’s path right to his home, Bran Castle. The historical heritage is as grandiose as the construction, the mystery being at the core of its popularity. After the visit to Bran, the students learned about Rasnov Citadel, another main attraction in Brasov. The view was astonishing and the climb felt easier because we were all together, making memories for life. Volunteers or students, we were all brought closer by the same feeling of being part of this great family which is Erasmus Student Network.
On the other hand, the wildest creatures lit up the darkest night of the year, at the first party of this edition of Halloween in Transylvania. Good girls gone bad, vampires, zombies along with various characters scared every bit of sleep and danced the night away, at Halloween Party. Seems like a costume and some loud music are the main ingredients in this exciting mixture of imagination. Halloween in Transylvania took a mysterious turn on the second night of the event, at Masquerade Ball. To follow the old concept, every student put on fancy dresses and elegant suits and created a nonconventional party. Every hidden face uncovered the true beauty and the joy that lie within every student.
The third day of the trip meant intense emotions, big smiles and a lot of color. The sensational Balasa percussion band guided the students with their amazing rhythm. The Erasmus+ students made Flag Parade the most exciting event and their contagious energy took over Brasov's streets. Drums, flags and hearts, were all synchronized to create one of the most iconic moments of Halloween in Transylvania. Seven hundred voices and souls were brought together by the same feeling of unity. Even if we don't share the same colours when it comes to flags, we, for sure, share the love for this amazing family.
“This event truly made me feel like I am part of the Erasmus Generation” - participant, HiT 2019
During the last day of the event, the great treasures of Brasov were hunted down by our excited Erasmus+ students. The City Contest was meant to bring together teams of enthusiastic students and make them see Brasov through a different perspective, one that involves a lot of determination and strategy. Volunteers waited patiently for each team to reach every point on the map and complete every task. It was even more fulfilling seeing the smiles on their faces and the eagerness to win in their eyes. It was ‘the best way to arrange a city tour’, as one student said.
Erasmus Student Network tries to offer students from all around the world better opportunities to learn and become aware of the cultural and social impact of people and places. Halloween in Transylvania reinforced the idea that when we are together we are stronger and happier.