Dracula. That word doesn’t conjure up as a proper noun for a name of a person, it conjures up an image of an intelligent vampire with diabolical plans who is omnipresent and a legend thanks to the zillions of rumours, films, novels, comics and the geenral preoccupation of the average human with the dark side.
I have the third decade of my existence and like aliens, this creature also eluded me. No Alien, no Dracula, no Yeti no close encounters of the third kind whatsoever. Life has been boring. Unless of course you have a chance to visit the home of Dracula in Transylvania on one of the world’s most powerful and beautiful tourers. And what better color than Red to lure the gentleman out of his coffin even in broad daylight, or maybe not.
As we grow up we discover many of these things are of course not only myths and fabulous concoctions of an intelligent kid stuck in an adult’s body (ala Stan Lee, Bram Stoker, Jerry and Joe – the lots). Thanks to them there is a hope in this world that we can someday do something larger than life, beyond the set and accepted limits of physics and biology.
We also discover that these can be good marketing gimmicks. Even to attract ‘adults’ like me. In fact I was happy to make the village of Bran in Romania, the place where the Dracula’s Castle was a part of the Mission Red Planet, even if it meant getting the red liquid sucked out of me at dead of the night.
Bran’s economy is largely revolving around people like me, who come to get a sense of what Dracula must be like. Only we return back happy by just seeing masks and souvenirs at sale at the small street shops there. But it is an experience. And it is a real castle with a real history, with real people who were living in it. No doubt that. How much can your imagination and will twist that to suits your liking is unto oneself. And I did enjoy doing that to myself.
The morning started by visiting Ducati Bucharest for a small meet (or G2G- Get to Gether as well call it in India at xBhp). Post that I started riding towards Bran. The MultiStrada also received a quick checkup there.
After paying a nominal entry fee to the castle I went on a self guided tour, it was not a huge castle, but not small or boring either. Low ceilings, candle stands, bear rugs – the lot.
It was good visiting Dracula’s Castle and I will continue here what was perhaps started by an internet website more than a decade ago, market it more!
With Doru, he helped me get a SIM card for my phone which had working internet!
Dracula’s Castle at Bran…