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În inima sălbatică a Europei
In the Wild Heart of Europe

Author(s): Irma Walter
Subject(s): Anthropology, Local History / Microhistory, Social history
Published by: ASTRA Museum
Keywords: Romania; hospitality; tradition; authenticity

Summary/Abstract: This work is based on the author's experience in Romania, starting with 1999 until present. After spending 10 years in India, she didn't really feel at home in Germany, her native country. To her surprise, the author discovered the Romanian hospitality, a mentality of "make do with what you've got" and "do things cheaper and better" - expressions of optimism and inventiveness. She observed that friendship is the better currency but also the fact that Romanians are torn between their desire to modernise and conserve their traditions such as people spending their time rather than money. The author's objective and sincere presentation sheds light on an integrative course of an ethnic German into a country as an addiction ("Romanian disease"). She reminds the locals that Romania contains one of the last natural eco-systems of Europe which should be a cause of awareness and pride and should not be abandoned.

  • Issue Year: XXIX/2015
  • Issue No: 29
  • Page Range: 225-229
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: German