Once again, the British show their predilection for sneering at Romania for being an ex-Communist hellhole of Gypsy poverty while simultaneously embracing it for its traditional rustic charm in a new piece by The Guardian.
Hats off to the journalist for actually going to Romania. And for speaking to a guy who once did me a kindness that I failed to appreciate (Cristian Lupsa). And for more or less accurately summarizing what ill-informed British people think of Romanians. The only thing missing was an interview with a British person who arrives at Otopeni and thinks he is literally the first person to go, “Wow, everything is so cheap! And the country is not as horrible as I expected!”
On the other hand, it’s hard to have much respect for a one-day trip to the capital when you speak to a grand total of one bartender, one Romanian journalist and one Irish guy.
Ah well, read and enjoy!