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ROMANIA

 

I wrote some time ago about a weekend in Bucharest. I enjoyed that weekend so much! I enjoyed reading that entry again big time.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to take photos in the Botanical Garden, in our lovely Bucharest. I was so happy to see that the garden was clean and tidy; there were nice benches and a small shop at the entrance where we bought sodas and crackers.

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Some time ago I decided I was entitled to bitch about Romania. I have earned my right to complain. I am a good citizen, I am a tax payer, I support my country and proudly represent it. There are so many things I would change about Romania that it would take an Encyclopedia to list all of them.

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bunesti, crit, saschiz, viscri, romania

Romania is the country of infinite beauty.

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Last night I had the great pleasure of meeting Jim Rosapepe again. Unfortunately Sheilah was not there. I sent her my best and I hope to see her again soon.

Jim scheduled a Dracula Is Dead signing at Humanitas bookstore, starting 19:30. Of course he was already there when we arrived at 19:30, talking to his old friends, collaborators and some press.

Since 2001 when I was still teaching Jim Romanian I’ve only met him once, in Herastrau Park where he was walking alone on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I was with my 6 year old daughter. Adara is 9 now.

I read Dracula Is Dead with JB and Adara in Poiana Brasov, on our Easter vacation, and the mentions of Wordland and our family made us really proud. Being mentioned in a book is something that does not happen very often, so not only that I am proud that my family and my company are mentioned in Dracula Is Dead, but that the book depicts Romania in her early postcommunist years. Reading Dracula Is Dead gave me the same feeling I had when I was looking at the pictures my Nenicu took of all the churches Ceausescu was destroying. He took photos of all of them, so we can have at least memories of what this country was before communism.

In my opinion, Jim and Sheilah’s book is a sympathetic memoir about people, places and facts from post revolution Romania. The most beautiful memories of my life are related to the period they describe in the book: getting married, having my daughter, starting my business. Jim and Sheilah were with me when I got married, when I buried my father, when Adara got her christening and they also encouraged me start the language school. As Jim was so modest last night and said that he couldn’t recall his support in starting Wordland, here is the proof!

JIM ROSAPEPE's RECOMMENDATION LETTER

2 more things: 1) I was not the only one to bring my child to meet Jim and share warm feelings and friendship with him! I saw a couple (I only know the guy, probably met him while working with Jim on one of his projects, I have the feeling he was an IT guy) with their very young baby in a pram. They were very happy to meet Jim again, I could tell J. 2) I had 4 copies of Jim’s book with me. He asked me whom did I want him to make them out for. As I was hesitating, Jim signed one for me, one for Adara and when I said that the others should be for “dear friends” he made one out in Romanian! He hasn’t changed a bit!

 

Reflections of a mother and business woman

Yesterday, I read a very interesting interview by Losangelista with Omar Wasow, tech analyst famous for teaching Oprah how to use the Internet. While Liz focused her questions on specific details related to the reform in the US education system and technology applied in the process of learning, the main subject of the interview raised quite a few questions and frustrations in my “sometimes unhappy to be Romanian” mind.

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Remembrance of things past… I am grateful to Jim and Sheilah. They made me relive some of the best moments in my life. Below are some excerpts from their book about our lovely country, with more good than bad, and about a very young and enthusiastic Vivi…Viviana Ball née Palade, that would be me (lol).

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Remembrance of things past… I am grateful to Jim and Sheilah. They made me relive some of the best moments in my life. Below is an excerpt from their book about our lovely country, with more good than bad, and about a very young and enthusiastic Vivi…Viviana Ball née Palade, that would be me (lol).

First excerpt from DRACULA IS DEAD – How Romanians survived communism, ended it, and emerged since 1989 as the New Italy – Sheilah Kast and Jim Rosapepe

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DO YOU KNOW HOW LUCKY YOU ARE?

by Viviana on February 28, 2010

in ROMANIA

I like to consider myself a fair person. In fairness to my country, I need to mention 3 positive things that  have happened this weekend. [click to continue…]

MARTISOR – a unique Romanian celebration!

by Viviana on February 27, 2010

in ROMANIA

martisorMarch 1st is the obvious date for the first celebration of spring, which in Romanian is called “Martisor”.   While Martisor is similar to other Balkan spring festivals, especially the Bulgarian celebration of Martenitsa, it retains many unique features that make it an all-Romanian holiday.

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I have become a complainer! (3)

by Viviana on February 19, 2010

in ROMANIA

Ok, too many general complaints. I will go into detail today. I will write about things and people that bother my Romanian life. It’s all about me and my personal discomfort. God help me remember as much as I can, if not I will serve you another helping soon.

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