It was a beautiful day and my family had decided that after living in Romania for 6 months it was time to go see some castle ruins. So we all hopped in the car and started our journey. Little did we know that this one simple decision would leave us sore and aching for days.
After a 2 hour car ride we arrived at our destination, the ruins of Vlad Tepes’ Poienari Castle. We pulled into the parking lot wondering how in the world we were going to get to the top of the hill where the castle sat just visible through the trees. Then I spied them, stairs. Now most people don’t find stairs menacing or threatening so naturally I had no reason to fear them. Or so I thought. We started climbing pausing only briefly to read the sign that told us how many stairs we had to climb, 1480. Having never climbed that many stairs before I didn’t think 1480 step sounded like many. Boy, was I wrong. After about 300 steps I realized just how many stairs there were to climb. What was worse was that we couldn’t see where we were going because of the trees. We had no idea of how many steps we had climbed and how many we had to go. It took my family about 1 hour 45 minutes to get to where we could see the castle and to where we bought our tickets. Was I ever glad we hadn’t forgotten our money. After purchasing our tickets we climbed another agonizing 100 steps and found ourselves standing in a castle! The view and the castle was worth every step but next time my family decides to go on a sight seeing trip I think I’ll take a few days beforehand to work out and prepare.
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