My Romanian Diary Day 31: National Day today so it is all about Romania

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Traditional dance and costumes

 

Dear diary,

December 1st, National Day in Romania. Televisions make money and politicians campaign like there is no tomorrow. We have elections for the Parliament on December 9th, so you get the patriotism.

Mr. Obama send a word to us, through Mrs. Clinton. He appreciates the Romanian soldiers that fight US wars in Afghanistan and on a ship somewhere at sea. I forgot where. You are welcome, Mr. Obama, it is a price to pay for being part of NATO, but, if you don’t mind, can we pretty please, travel to USA without a visa? Not only we fight your wars, but we are also part of the EU. I would really like to spend my winter holidays in New York, at one point but ithout the visa hassle, I hate applying for visas. And by the way, I am a huge fan of yours. No kidding.

Traditional costumes
Traditional costumes

On December 1st, 1918, Romania became the great Romania, by adding three more regions to the Romanian territory, regions that were under foreign occupation until that date.

Nowadays, Romania is not a cool country. But I am not gonna talk about it today. I will tell you instead,  few reasons why you should be glad Romania is on the map.

1. The pen was invented by Petrache Poenaru.

2. Stefan Odobleja is the father of cybernetics.

3. Nicolae Paulescu discovered insulin. Yet, the Nobel for this invention went to two Canadian researchers. But later on, his precedence was recognized and he was acknowledged as the true inventor of insuline.

4.  Henry Coanda invented the first jet plane.

5. Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast ever to get a perfect ten at the Olympics.

6.Mircea Eliade was the first writer to ever write a complete history of religions.

7. The second language spoken at Microsoft head office is Romanian.

8. And last but not least, have you heard of baseball? The grandfather of baseball is called OINA and it had been played in Romania starting with 1364 until a while ago.

Here a few more pictures of Romania. It is beautiful, you must admit. You should come visit, really.

Brasov City
Brasov City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sighisoara City
Sighisoara City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peles Castle in Sinaia
Peles Castle in Sinaia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ialomita Cave
Ialomita Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can still see this in the country
You can still see this at the country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfagarasan Highway has 90 km. The road climbs to 2,034 metres altitude. The most spectacular route is from the North. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents.
Transfagarasan Highway has 90 km. The road climbs to 2,034 metres altitude. The most spectacular route is from the North. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents.
Lake Balea is at the end of Transfagarasan Highway.
Lake Balea is at the end of Transfagarasan Highway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Balea
Lake Balea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the pictures were downloaded from this album dedicated to Romania. You should check it out.

Enjoy!

Love,

Lavinia:)

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4 thoughts on “My Romanian Diary Day 31: National Day today so it is all about Romania

  1. Teeny Bikini says:

    First, it’s nice to know who invented the pen. I love stuff like that. But your pictures are breathtaking. I just love them. You would love winters in New York. Pretty expensive, but I am sure it is worth it. Love learning about Romania through the eyes of a hip, happening writer about town. Cheers.

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    1. Lavinia says:

      Thanks for reading:) I am not happy to live in Romania but I do love my country. I will always cherish its beauties and traditions, even though I don’t respect them and I make fun of them. Nowadays Romania is mostly known worldwide for its trouble makers gypsies, corruption and poverty. These are realities and I also talk about them. But if at the end of the day, a foreigner learns from me, either through my blog or through a face to face conversation, that Romania has good parts also, then my job as a Romanian is done:)

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      1. Teeny Bikini says:

        You are doing such a great job of balancing the beauty and reality of your country. My hat off to you – of course, I am not wearing one – but it is still off. Cheers.

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