Friday 5 April 2013

The profound Romania


I should leave Bucharest much more often (I hardly ever do except to go abroad). 

Romania is wonderful, deeply old fashioned though not conservative at all, Latin, still  unglobalised - a profound place in a superficial world.

Romania is very old but also very new. She is certainly not old in terms of her architecture or her institutions like England is old, where every village has a mediaeval church, but the way of life in the country is still very old indeed. Romania, outside the smallish towns,  was living in the Middle Ages in the countryside until Communism.

It has so far escaped the revolution - the 1960s did not happen here. The EU will change that, but not quite yet.

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