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Romanian spirit. A ‘poem’ about the passion for life.

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The lands

Small but not as small as its neighbouring countries, wild but not too wild to be European, in awe to principles but not really sticking to them, very important internationally one day, but insignificant the next.

This is my country,  a Latin language speaking country in a sway of Slavic surroundings.

The people

Here people wish, probably more than anywhere else in Europe to belong… to belong to Europe… to belong to the US or any other ‘civilized’ society, that may or not have an interest in them.  They are more light-headed and happy-go-lucky than their Slav neighbors but they lack no fire in their feelings.

When you are visiting this country for the first time or even when you leave it and come back after some time,  you will be struck in positive and negative by the intensity. People are really as friendly, or rude as they say. Their friendliness is most of the time different from the Western politeness, it is real enthusiasm. Their rudeness is real contentment. Everything tastes and feels stronger…

The rites

In this country  traditions and origins are highly thought of but, also here, old people are left to desertion and hunger.  Here new trends are easily picked up on and adopted, and old rites are never discarded, leading to an amalgam of dusty old and shiny new.

One can be easily annoyed by the recklessness of the society. The natives seem to be the  toughest critics when it comes to what is not going right; nevertheless individual responsibility is hardly seen as a cause nor as a  factor of change.

Politically incorrect sentences can fly in and out unbothered into a conversation and ancient superstitions like the ‘evil eye’ are common truths that should never be questioned.

People love to dance, dress up, spend impressive hours on the phone and, more than they earn or can afford, on any type of fast moving consumer goods.

Beauty and luxury are at the top of the pyramid and everyone is working their way towards it.

Social injustice is infuriating and discrimination is not a taboo but, at the same time, compassion and sympathy are compensating these faults and balancing the society… making it a little more bearable…

The emotions

There is for sure a paradox floating over this little scad of people. They have no patience but they endure too much.

When you walk on the streets you see sad serious faces but, at the same time, they love to entertain and be entertained more than anything else and can be as cheerful and talkative as any other Latin folks.

And still, with all these flaws, there is one thing that you can not accuse Romania of, being dull. This country does, more than many other western enchanting, functional societies, give you very intense feelings.

It makes you feel every bone in your body, makes you feel happy and furious as the same time, miserable and ecstatic, frightful and fearless…  is a valuable lesson for all of those who have forgotten what being alive means.

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  1. Tobias says:

    So true!

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