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A land of mountains, hills, and fertile plains, Romania is a tourist destination waiting to
be discovered. Despite some unflattering headlines in the Western media, it is a rich and
complex country: a place whose cities are home to beautiful parks and vibrant cultural
scenes; whose people welcome guests warmly into their homes, sharing the best of
whatever they have, and party into the night, suffused by Latin joie de vivre.
Since the violent collapse of communism over a quarter of a century ago, Romania
has changed dramatically, as its people have embraced freedom, capitalism, and, yes,
conspicuous consumption. The horses and carts still trundle the streets, but perhaps now
overtaken by an SUV. Small-scale farmers still offer their organic wares, but now may be
next to trendy super-clubs. The global economic crisis delivered a reality check, and the
Romania emerging from those chastening years puts greater value on stability and civility
– encapsulated by the war on corruption and a long-awaited public smoking ban.
Buffeted over time between three great powers – the West, Russia, and Turkey – Romania
betrays the cultural influences of each, and it can be a difficult place to get a handle on.
Culture Smart! Romania provides an indispensable tool for the foreign visitor, digging
deep behind the clichés, explaining many of the behavioral quirks of the people, smoothing
your path toward better understanding, and outlining the many attractions – cultural,
social, and geographical—that await you in this underexplored part of Europe.

A land of mountains, hills, and fertile plains, Romania is a tourist destination waiting to be discovered. Despite some unflattering headlines in the Western media, it is a rich and complex country: a place whose cities are home to beautiful parks and vibrant cultural scenes; whose people welcome guests warmly into their homes, sharing the best of whatever they have, and party into the night, suffused by Latin joie de vivre.

Since the violent collapse of communism over a quarter of a century ago, Romania has changed dramatically, as its people have embraced freedom, capitalism, and, yes,conspicuous consumption. The horses and carts still trundle the streets, but perhaps now overtaken by an SUV. Small-scale farmers still offer their organic wares, but now may be next to trendy super-clubs. The global economic crisis delivered a reality check, and the Romania emerging from those chastening years puts greater value on stability and civility – encapsulated by the war on corruption and a long-awaited public smoking ban.

Buffeted over time between three great powers – the West, Russia, and Turkey – Romania betrays the cultural influences of each, and it can be a difficult place to get a handle on. Culture Smart! Romania provides an indispensable tool for the foreign visitor, digging deep behind the clichés, explaining many of the behavioral quirks of the people, smoothing your path toward better understanding, and outlining the many attractions – cultural, social, and geographical—that await you in this underexplored part of Europe.

DEBBIE STOWE is a British author, travel writer, and freelance journalist. A graduate of University College London, and City University, where she studied Periodical Journalism, she is the author of around twenty books. Her many travel guides, for Thomas Cook Publishing, range from the Maldives to Manchester to Mediterranean Cruising. She also writes on human rights, economics, film, and restaurants. Her work has appeared, in print and online, in publications including The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, and Gay Times. She lives in Bucharest with her Romanian partner and son.

 

 


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