Get your carry-on stowed in the overhead compartment, Fresh fans, ’cause we’re back in the air for another installment of the Ridonculous Race To Name The Place! By now you know the deal: each week we’re posting a background image from the upcoming Fresh TV animated series Ridonculous Race and challenging you to figure out where Don has sent the racers! This week’s answer: Transylvania, Romania!
Transylvania is a region in the center of Romania known for its rich history, impressive architecture and stunning scenery. Of course, thanks to Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel Dracula, in English-speaking countries it’s also known for vampires! Stoker used the spooky imagery of Transylvania’s gothic castles and the region’s long history of conflict to great effect and with his novel’s popularity many other authors followed suit! Transylvania has had a reputation as magical and mysterious ever since.
Dracula gets his name and reputation from a real life resident of Romania, Vlad III, better known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler! A prince who ruled in the mid-1400s, Vlad’s preferred method of torture and execution was famous enough that it earned him his chilling nickname after he’d died. Like the rest of the region, though, he only became associated with vampirism after the release of Stoker’s novel!
So don’t think that Transylvania is all bats and cobwebs and evil eyes! The Carpathian mountain range is beautiful and makes for some amazing landscape, like the Bigar Waterfall! Located funnily enough halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, ‘Izvorul Bigăr’ is remarkable for the way the water splits into many little shreds rather than falling in a single sheet like most waterfalls. Breathtaking!
Keep checking back to re:Fresh for more behind the scenes information on all the places around the world that the Ridonculous Race contestants end up!