Stan Ioan Pătraş was a Romanian woodcarver who lived in the Maramures region of the country, close to the Ukrainian border. For more than forty years Pătraş carved and painted intricate tombstones to commemorate the lives- and deaths- of the people in his community. Each tombstone features an image of the person buried beneath (often showing how they met their demise), as well as a short, poetic tale of their time on earth. In total, Pătraş erected more than 700 of these tombstones in what is known today as Romania‘s “Merry Cemetery”. If you’d like to visit, head to the nearest major city (Sighetu Marmației) and hitch a ride down the road to the village of Săpânța (it’s sort of pronounced “suh-poont-suh”). On my visit, the male driver picked up me and a group of nuns, and we drove out together listening to Akon songs!