EVS Stories: Far away but similar– by Rafael Cano (II)

When I decided to volunteer in Romania, I never realized that two countries split for more than 3000 km could have so many things in common. Staying here, talking to people and going in the schools where I am volunteering, I found out these similarities between Romania and Spain:
  • We both are speaking a Latin language. So some of the words we have in Romanian are pretty similar in Spanish.
  • We love pork meat, ones as much as the others.
  • We both have had some influences from Muslim people in the past.
  • We are both hospitable with foreign people.
  • We both have a phonetic language, which means we read like we write.
  • Both countries used to have a dictatorship government last century.
  • We have gipsy native people in both countries.
  • Both nationality people are considered very hard-working in other abroad countries.
  • It’s very common to find chestnut fruits on the street in autumn.
  • We can find very Christian practicing people in the little villages.

But, my time in Romania is not over, so I still have a lot of opportunities to discover! I will keep you posted!

Rafael Cano Malagón (Spain) is hosted in Baia Mare by Team for Youth Association, in the “Life Skills for Rural Education” project, a European Voluntary Service, financed by the European Commission, through the Erasmus Plus Program.