Plescuta…a lovely romanian village

9 May

Floricuta milking her cow

Today, we have visited the small village we’re currently staying in, Plescuta, accompanied by our friend el Don Director. After a breakfast with the milk and cheese from the 2 cows staying home (we declined the 10 o’clock Tuica offer), we took our bicycles and headed up towards the  primary school, where we met the teachers and the kids, who were all delighted to see some foreigners cycling towards China in their village, and use the few words they know in English and French.

Us with the school map of Romania

Don Director and his friend Cornel, the pork killer

After spending some time in the school, we went to the Tuica distillery, a small room freely used by the locals. Two people were distilling their pears and explained us how to do it. So : bring your fruits and let them ferment for approximately four weeks (faster in the summer than in the winter), distill them (heat them in an oven) and let the alcoholic vapor transit through the system ; cool the vapor with water and you get a first liquid that is around 20% alcohol. Take that liquid and repeat the process for another distillation. After those 2 steps, you should have a crystal clear Tuica, heading to 50-60% and ready to burn your remaining neurons.

Radu, our Tuica master

Fermenting fruits

Traditional distilling oven, working with good old wood

This is where the magic happens : alcoholic vapor transiting before condensing

As the weather turned nice we have continued our visit and met some locals, who are all nice people chit-chatting on benches, looking at the dogs, chickens and horses. Most of them are either below 14 and studying at the school, either above 60 years of age.  Youngers seem to be bored of that rural life and head up to the next big city, Arad, where they can find more job opportunities, entertainment options…and people their age.

Dumitru, our 94 year old friend, wearing Osiris skateshoes

The big event of the day is the final of Europa league, Bilbao VS Athletico Madrid. The game is hosted in Bucarest and is all over the news. We’ll therefore watch it with friends and locals before getting ready for our next cycling day.

Tomorrow we head up towards Deva, 110 km away. We are not sure if we will make it as it might be more uphill than downhill, but whether we make it or not doesn’t really matter anyway 🙂

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5 Responses to “Plescuta…a lovely romanian village”

  1. Madalina Ana May 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    OMG home. I’m going to cry…

  2. Negru Florin May 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    hey nick, i’m glad to hear that you’re back to plescuta, i’ve heard that you’re there but it was impossible to arrive at plescuta, maybe when you’re come back from this crazy and interesting trip, if you’re come back on the same route , we shall meet at plescuta, arad…

    have a nice trip…;)

    • cyclingfurther May 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      yes my friend, that’s pity we couldn’t get in touch earlier. but now at least we got back in touch which is really good 😉

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