I’m excited. Do you want to know why?
April is Blogging from A to Z month. Tell everyone, if you haven’t already. Really, this is what blogging is all about. Spread the word. Make new friends. Build your community. Share ideas.
And this year I have a theme for the A-Z Challenge, which is … drumroll please …
Romania (seen on the map in orange).
That’s right. For the next twenty-six days, I will tell you the story of my native country, a story based on a life lived there (on and off) for twenty-two years, and a little research.
I moved the U.S. in 1992, three years after the Revolution, the overthrow of a dictator and his despotic government, when our hopes did spring eternal. Didn’t take long to see change wasn’t coming, at least not fast enough.
So. I went away to study abroad and gain international experience, eventually got a job, later got married, and here I am twenty-two years later. A Romanian-American, living in Los Angeles.
As the Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, said: tell your stories or someone else will tell them, and they’ll be wrong.
I will tell you the story of Romania, a country located in Eastern Europe. I’ll take you to the land of poet Mihai Eminescu, the misunderstood Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, the land of a people from Dacian and Roman descent, the largest Gypsy population in Europe, a land formerly ruled by a dictator, a place with beautiful mountains and valleys, the Danube Delta, the Black Sea, rich traditions and delicious frigarui (Romanian kebab).
Want to know another cool thing? There are blog hops within the A-Z Challenge. One of them is the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal BlogFest. Add your name to the list, and reveal your theme on March 21st. No theme? Come chat, and maybe you’ll get some ideas, or choose to remain spontaneous. It’s all good.
Excited yet? Perfect. I’m delighted you’ve stopped by, and hope you’ll join me on this month-long journey to Romania, a land both old and new.
Photo courtesy: Wikimedia, Creative Commons.