Since Monday can be a depressing day, it’s a good time to cover a common Romanian noun known as belea (beh-leh-AH).
It’s another one of those nouns that has a number of similar meanings, all adding up to add a layered nuance to the word.
Def. 1: “An unforeseen incident that brings trouble, suffering or disharmony.”
Def. 2: “A complicated and unpleasant situation.”
In my imagination I can see someone involved in some nightmarish divorce proceedings that are extremely lengthy and emotionally gut-wrenching and cost a lot of money and headaches. That would be o belea.
A lot of Romanians believe their lives are plagued by many instances of one belea or sometimes multiple, entertwined belele.
There’s also often a strong emphasis on the victimhood of the person suffering from being involved in a belea and he/she is not to blame and in fact it is completely unfair it is even happening to them!
AND NOW YOU KNOW!