Summary: Bran’s Castle, located in Romania, is said to be of similar resemblance to that of Count Dracula, a character in Bram Stoker’s 1897 book “Dracula”. Historians want to clarify that while the character of Dracula was rumored to be based off of Vlad the Impaler, Bran Castle has no connection to Vlad and is simply famous due to its appearance. Vlad the Impaler was a ruler who ordered the death and torture of tens of thousands of people, and therefore inspired the creation of vampires from Stoker. Bran Castle is visited by many sightseers for its tours and exhibits on medieval torture. The castle, which was created in 1388, is now joining global efforts in increasing the amount of vaccinations and Covid-safe environments. It announced a Pfizer BionTech Vaccine Marathon in which visitors to the castle would have access to free vaccines on weekends in May without having to make a prior appointment.
Reflection: The efforts made globally to address the pandemic are comforting and give me hope that life will return to normal soon. While I never expected to have to research where to get vaccines, I expected being able to get them at Dracula’s castle even less. The idea of receiving vaccine at the same place that gives tours on medieval torture devices and mass killings sounds terrifying, yet far more interesting than any other place. I appreciate the fact that even “fun” tourist sites are committed to helping the community, and even though the team behind Dracula’s castle has little to benefit from giving the free vaccines, they are doing it anyways. Hopefully, creating a more interesting incentive and story behind getting a vaccine will encourage the local Romanians and any possible outside visitors to get one as efficiently as possible.