The harsh winters of eastern Romanian region of Moldova certainly pack a punch. Particularly in the city of Piatra Neamț, nestled at the eastern edge of the Carpathian Mountains, winter brings with it over two feet of snow from late November and lasting well into February. Alongside that, there are blood-chilling wind gusts arriving from Siberia that crash into the mountains. Icy streets and muddy roads make traveling all the more perilous. However, the season also brings with it a particular beauty. The evergreen trees on the mountains are covered with snow, hiding hibernating bears. The city is covered with bright lights welcoming the arrival of the Christmas season. Most interestingly, the smell of roasting sausage permeates the air.