Lots of camgirls.
I remember talking to a girl who's dad had 'connections' and wanted to smuggle me out of the UK get shipped over to Romania and become her little sex pet in her house, wonder if she's overdosed yet or actually leading a good life
I know some general stuff like location, flag, capital, aproximate population. And of course I know about Vlad and Transylvania.
Other than that I know of Adrian Mutu, a romanian football player. And speaking of football, Steaua Bucharest comes to mind. I believe Dynamo Bucharest is also a team, at least it sounds somewhat familiar. There may be some other romanian football teams I've heard of, but with a lot of eastern european teams I have no clue what nation they belong to unless they're from a capital city.
Also, a good portion of the prostitutes around here (Graz) are from Romania. As are smuggled cigarettes.
But seriously, once again, not all romanians are gypsies. There is a minority of them in Romania like there's a minority of french in Canada or mexicans in USA and so fourth. If he was nice, there's a high chance he was a nice person.
He did a lot of good stuff, but this food cards system was rubbish and horrible. To be honest I always felt his wife was more of the evil behind the scenes and suggested things that he did because he loved her. She was kind of mean.
However, to compare them/now:
Then, you had money, but you didn't have what to buy.
Now, you lack money but there's all sorts of crazy stuff to buy.
On your cigarettes, it goes like this Russia -> Moldova (in Transnistria, which has a good relation with Russia so lets russians in easily) -> Romania (which has a good relation to Moldova since moldavians are actually romanians in many ways and our leaders try to get them closer and closer because they know that the one politician who will unite the two countries will be forever remembered in history as the one who reunified Romania) -> EU.
I think I do know a fair deal about your country.
Romania is really an odd place. Despite ethnic "tensions" it is a country that managed to coexist with it's biggest minority which is despite popular belife are not the Romani but Transylvanian Hungarians. Despite the occasional disagreements Hungarians living there generally enjoy a great deal of ethnic autonomy.
Romania supplied many Western European countries with a great deal of professionaly qualified cheap labour. Romanian professionals tend to be well trained (I'm talking about age groups 30+) and take their work seriously. Unqualified labour from Romania tends to be cheap as hell.
A HUGE PLUS is the enviorment. It tends to be well preserved with Transylvania and the Danube Delta being simply amazing. Unfortunatly your coast is complete crap and horribly expensive for the quality it offers, which is I'm sad to say none.
When it comes to tourism really Transylvania as a whole is the shining star of the country. The culture is a West meets East thing. As it's architecture and cuisine. Awsome Gothic cathedrals often can be found in the same city 5 minute walk away from hundreds of years old Eastern Orthodox churches, or late 18-19 century Jewish Synagogues.
The countries "other" side, is RAMPANT corruption. Massive problems with everything from quality of services to complete unreliability. Poor quality products. Massive problems with public safety and general lack of enforcement of public order. Horrible enviorment for small investment, great potential for large scale investments. Also people are walking contradictions. They often can be incredibly polite and helpful and equaly as often completly rude, unhelpful and often even violent. I honestly never managed to figure them out as a people as I never managed to put a finger on the "National Character".
On the long run it is a place that I think could have infinite potential as it is by European terms resource rich with a positive population growth with low wages and available labour, a very diverse and amazinlgly well preserved ecology where only a 3 hour drive separates summer coastal areas from amazing mountain resorts. Great potential for both industrial development and development of tourism. Unfortunatly I really believe Romania needs to shake up it's society a bit and decide upon their own character and where do they belong East or West.
P.S. Unfortunatly currently one of Romania's main exports is beggars, prostitutes and petty criminals. That needs fixing too.
Y U NO SIG?
Shit like this actually goes through your fucking brain?
I know it's a new country relative to the other countries in the region.
In historic sense Romania was first a Monarchy with a king from Germany (Prussia), then under Communism with Ceausescu and Democracy right now.
The culture seems to be a mixture between Habsburg, Russian, Ottoman and typical Balkan stuff.
Typical problems for the region such as corruption, political apathy, out of control gypsies, poverty (although it's mostly with gypsies).
Last edited by haxartus; 2012-11-24 at 11:50 PM.
I hail from a Hungarian/Greek family and I live in Spain. A few years ago I worked on a project in Transylvania for roughly a year. So it's combination of remote family ties, personal experience and first hand knowledge of Romanian immigrants in Spain, whom form the largest ethnic minority in Spain.
Y U NO SIG?
many things since my country shares the border with Romania. I know that many romanians are said that they killed ( executed ) Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife, some are not happy that they are in EU. I know that Enigma ( music project/group ) was started by Romanian Michael Cretu, what is the capitol, largest mountain, that Dracula novel was inspired by Vlad Tepes...
Things I know:
- Dracula's hood
- full of vampires
- full of gypsies
- annexed Transylvania from Austria, yeah dawg
- used to smash the Ottomans back in the day (especially Dracula lol)
I was in Romania for a day or so, about 13 years ago.
At that time:
- The roads were bad, many potholes, bad ones.
- The cars were old and shitty.
- Buildings were decrepit, tired, and ugly.
- People were commuting to work in ugly old diesel churning buses chock full of people.
- Nature was lovely.
- There was McDonald's, and it was cheap.
- Government officials seemed corruptible.
- Local currency was worthless... but I still had to show my ID to buy it.
I'm sure much has changed in 13 years. And on the other hand, some things have likely stayed the same.
Overall, it seemed a decade or two behind in development compared to my country, and seemed like a corrupt, sad place.
Last edited by Elodeon; 2012-11-25 at 12:46 AM.
All what I know is beer called ciuc. Strong alcoholic dring tzuika(70+%). Fantastic food. Lovely woman. Vlad the Dracula. Rubbish airport in Baku. No motorways (100+ km only). Plenty of dogs on the streets.