The Complete Insider’s Guide to Romania: 2011

By Sam R.

Copyright 2011 Sam R.

Smashwords Edition

The Author

I stood there next to Bogdan, both of us quiet and contemplative, gazing down at the scene before us, endless fields of waving green fading off into the darkening twilight. I had told him, finally and with much trepidation, of my plan to write a guidebook about his country.

Finally, he cleared his throat and patted me on the back and said, “Romania este o tara frumoasa. E un pacat ca sunt locuitori”.

Through a complicated series of concatenating events, I found myself on a plane headed for Romania in the spring of 2000. At the time, I spoke only one word of Romanian and not only did nobody know I was coming but I also had no idea where I was going.

Somehow, I made it. I had a wonderful and surprisingly fabulous time and over the next few years, continued to visit until finally one day I decided to move here. Despite the fact that I was born and raised in the United States, I now consider Romania my home.

Although I have been traveling and living in various countries all over the world since my childhood, Romania was quite an overwhelming experience to me, especially coming into it as unprepared as I was all those years ago.

It took me 10 long years to learn to speak Romanian well enough to pass for a native but the effort was worth it as it opened many doors that remain shut to outsiders.

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