Curiosity is discovery, is looking at things in new and different ways. Would you agree?
I am, generally speaking, a very curious person. My sister used to say you ask too many questions. My mother said ask as many as you’d like, as long as you learn something new.
I don’t ask about private individuals, especially when people shy away from sharing. It’s their right. Mostly, I’m curious about ideas, concepts, space, arts. Places.
In that spirit of curiosity, I’ll share with you a few facts about my native country, Romania.
Location: Romania is located in E. Europe.
Government: Romania is a Republic. In one century, the country went from monarchy to communism and dictatorship to democracy. Talk about change at the speed of imagination, except in the real world. Segments of the country (especially the economy) are still adjusting to this transformation.
Population: 20 million. Over 90% Romanian, a large number of Hungarians and other nationalities.
Major Religion: Nearly 90% Eastern Orthodox. Also, Protestant (various denominations), Roman Catholic, and other (mostly Muslim).
Language: Romanian (Latin family), spoken in Romania, Moldova and parts of Ukraine. The only such language in Eastern Europe, where Slavic is widely spoken. To me, it sounds like a cross between Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Romania is home to the Carpathian mountain range that pass though its heart, the Black Sea, the Danube Delta.
Most beautiful city/region: Too many to name, but a favorite is Brasov, very first picture above — mountainous region.
Here is an interesting fact: Despite the communist rule, many Romanians were and continue to be religious. With churches on many street corners, you’ll often see people — especially from the older generation — cross themselves as they walk down the street.
So, tell me something unique about your hometown, or any other place that left an impression on you. Anything you’d like.
Thank you for reading! Everyone doing okay so far? Monday’s post (a short one) is about the Romanian coastline. (If I’m a little late commenting, it’s only because I live on the west coast (U.S.), but am always anxious to make my way over.) Have a great rest of the weekend!
Image: Brasov, Wikipedia; The Danube Delta (UNESCO World Heritage site -Delta Dunării in Romanian), Mike, Flickr, Wikimedia,CC; Valea râului Lala, Munţii Rodnei, by: Dan Retegan, Wikimedia CC.