EVS Stories: Between Portugal and Romania (II) – by Ana Rita

I have been in Romania quite a while now and since I arrived I have been noticing some similarities between Portugal and Romania. I don’t know if it is a way, for me, not to miss Portugal so much or not to feel that I’m away from home, or, maybe, to see that each country has its own culture and values. If you think we are so different from each other, you will find out that, in reality, some things are universal. My opinion is that we can find a little bit of our home in every single country around the world. It always depends on how we see things.

  1. The first thing I noticed was the city itself. Baia Mare is quite similar with my city back home. The environment, the movement and the people made me think that maybe I was not so far from home.
  2. In the city I can walk everywhere, everything is very accessible. Just like my city.
  3. The simplicity and friendliness of the people makes me feel welcome, it makes me feel at home.
  4. People always offer something to eat or drink. They invite you in their home and share food with you, they like to do it.
  5. The landscapes from the villages to the mountains are breath taking. They are like little hidden treasures, not there at first sight. You have to look for them!
  6. The way people celebrate the festivities. They get together, share food, talk, dance, it’s a party. But the most important is being together with family and friends.
  7. People like to talk! Talk with everyone, even if you don’t understand the language, they will keep talking with you. It’s stronger than them, it’s in their genes!
  8. Keeping the traditions, especially in the north of the country. With all the news and the things happening sometimes, we forget about the past. But, there are people that don’t let us loose these good memories.
  9. The interest and curiosity towards other countries and cultures. They make you feel very welcomed.
  10. The love and affection of the children towards us are the same. It is pure and innocent, and it feels so good. But I think that’s the case all over the world, not just in Portugal and Romania. Through them I can appease my longing for my brothers and my cousins.

Ana Rita Coutinho (Portugal) 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.