The Road of Our Heritage

The Road of Our Heritage

2 minutes

Discover the amazing Romanian Diaspora women ambassadors of Via Transilvanica (VT) as they contribute to the global fabric of their cultural heritage. The trail connects the diverse cultural and natural regions of Romania and unites Romanians to support its story.

Based on an Interview with Dr. Aura Imbarus.
Photos are of Romania’s cross-country trail, Via Transilvanica.

The Road of Our Heritage

Dr. Aura Imbarus is an acclaimed professor, a personal development expert and an ambassador of top cultural and art institutions in the USA, as well as a dynamic ambassador of Romanian cultural heritage abroad and in the Romanian diaspora. Among Aura’s bestselling books, the most talked-about is Out of the Transylvania Night: A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love and Identity, an autobiography uncovering the dreams and tribulations of life in communist Romania. This work is in the Pulitzer Award Memoirs section.

Passionate about inspirational people and storytelling, Aura founded See Beyond Magazine (www.seebeyondmag.com), as a premium magazine and a global personal development and creative writing event and program platform.

No matter where we live, we Romanians will always remember our mythical birthplace, a land of fairies and dragons, with endless pastures surrounded by the majestic Carpathian Mountains. Memories, good and bad, giggles and bouts of laughter, tears and timid smiles are carved into our souls.

Having ventured the world over, we have created our own destinies, followed our own paths, some never looking back but still secretly craving the fresh smell of peonies, the shimmer of the sun as it peeks through falling leaves, and the glorious white tops of the Carpathian where eagles are kings.

In secret chambers, our heart reminds us of our cradle, of our long-gone childhood. To some, it might be a traditional folk blouse or a painting by Grigorescu, maybe a poem by Octavian Goga, a grandmother’s stuffed cabbage (sarmale), or a hiking trail that leads us to blue skies gently kissing the rough earth.

The Road of Our Heritage

The trail that unites us all is Via Transilvanica, that 1,400-kilometer tourist attraction that crosses Romania diagonally from Putna to Drobeta Turnu Severin, like the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

I have always loved nature, the place where my breathing intertwines with life and its creator. Like Thoreau and Emerson, I feel at home surrounded by deep forests and dark paths that ask me to choose, to pick “the one less traveled by,” like Frost used to say (“The Road Not Taken”).

Via Transilvanica is a road to heaven, a path to inner knowing, an outdoor art gallery where, along with painted markers and signposts at every kilometer, there is an andesite stone, each sculpted by a different Romanian artist.

This project stands at the crossroads of heritage and nature, uniting Romanians all over the world through the path that takes us home.

The Road of Our Heritage
The Road of Our Heritage
The Road of Our Heritage
The Road of Our Heritage