Barnaby was intrigued to find a natural well of salty water in Botiza, a village in the Maramureş region of Romania (where we stayed after we got stuck in the mud). We watched as one after the other, villagers came to collect a bucket or two of salty water using the long sticks.
One man kindly invited Barnaby to his home and let him taste the water. Ugh! It was really salty. It’s used to preserve meat, cabbage, cucumbers and other things. How convenient to have ready salted water on hand, thought Barnaby.