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Learn About Old and New Romania, How They’re Different

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I want to share what you might want to know about Old and New Romania. My discovery was because I asked a friend in Romania about the Old and New Romania. I wondered how Nicolae had experienced the changes in his country.

I asked, “Are you better off in Romania now?”

Is life easier for you and your family now, or was it easier as a communist when you didn’t worry about food or housing?” I had asked Nicolae.

He said, “We didn’t have enough food, but we all had enough money. Just no place to spend it. We had worked, our life, and time for family and time to live.”

All About Old and New Romania

Religion and Communism

old and new Romania

The people of Romania under the communists maintained their faith whether it was Christianity, Judaism or Islam (and other religions)  If the people were religious they held on to their beliefs.

Faith and religious traditions in this country aren’t like the historic buildings; they couldn’t be destroyed. The communist was not able to tear down the culture, religion, and traditions of the country.

Do we ever remember the past as it was?

“Now we have to worry,” he said. “I am not saying which way

is better. I don’t know. I am saying we are waiting to see. Some want the old days back.”

I wonder if being ruled by a dictator like Ceausescu, or for that matter, by dictators like Hussein, Kaddafi or Bashar al-Assad, is better than the alternative. Security, safety, this is my freedom,” Nicolae said. Nicolae wasn’t making a judgment he was saying he didn’t know what was best.

Is the road ahead unclear? For some people, it’s better, and for some people, the new economy is harder such as the elderly. The way ahead is unclear.

Comparison – Old and New Romania

old and new Romania
Back at my hotel, I saw this image on Facebook. It made me think of Nicolae and our conversation. Does the image represent his perspective?

Comparison – Old and New Romania

old and new Romania

Source: FB/Noto

Were the people of Romania better off than before? Time will tell.

old and new Romania,

Want to learn more about my trip – here is another chapter. Driving to the Gypsy Village in Romania

Remember keep traveling!

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Kate started traveling for work. Now with grown children, who are travelers, she travels for pleasure looking for great travel experiences. Currently, her home is in Bellevue, WA, and lives with her cat Angelina Jolie. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado, an MBA and Master of Arts, Management. Her favorite things are exploring new cultures, traveling the world, creating a painting and sour or spicy foods.


  1. Nicolae

    August 30, 2016 at 5:49 am

    That’s a good point, isn’t it? Like your way of telling stories ..

    • Kate

      August 30, 2016 at 6:33 am

      thank you – I am so glad you like the post. Please keep reading. Ya never know when we will talk about Romania and the wonderful trip again.

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