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Romania is a densely-populated country in Southeastern Europe. Its official language is Romanian, but Hungarian and Vlax Romani are also spoken. The terrain includes mountains, hills, lakes, and lowlands, and the climate is temperate and continental. Animal life is diverse, and native species include the chamois, the Mediterranean monk seal, and the Alpine marmot. Romania has been financially strong recently, and the nation joined the European Union in 2007. Mainstays of the economy include services, industry, and agriculture. The model for Count Dracula once lived in Bran Castle near Brasov, built in the 1300s. You can view amazing Byzantine frescoes at the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. To really get in touch with nature, hike in the Carpathian Mountains and stay in mountain huts. Pancakes called cl─âtite or m─âm─âliga, a type of polenta, are common starchy foods. Typical vegetables include peppers, cabbage, mushroom, and kohlrabi. Pork is very popular, and lamb and fish are eaten too. Ciorb─â, the Romanian sour soup, can be made many ways: with tripe, leek, bean and smoked meat, vegetables, or other ingredients. Try ghiveci, a delicious tomato-based vegetable stew. Salads can be downright fancy--try a plate of fish roe with olives! You can absolutely find organic raw food, fresh juices, and varied vegan options. Spice it up a little with some Indian or Middle Eastern food, or pick up some natural or Kosher foods provisions at a market. Desserts along with other dishes may show influences from other European countries. Decadent lapte de pas─âre, vanilla custard with whipped egg whites, is like the French ├«le flottante. Drink your s bird's milk.