My Romania

In our book, we’ve talked about the Romania we know. Now we’d like to hear your stories.

What you’re favorite place? What’s your favorite story? What should people know about “your” Romania?


Jim and Sheilah    



  • #1 by Kaylin Dragan on February 22nd, 2010

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    I’ve been married to a Romanian man for 8 years now. He was given your book for Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now it is my turn and I am enjoying it myself. I have been to Romania twice and have found so many of your anecdotes to match up with my own experiences with the people and places there. I hope to have many more trips to add to my own Romanian memories. Thank you so much for writing this book and telling the wonderful story of Romania!

  • #2 by De calitate on February 27th, 2010

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    Very interesting book !!!!

  • #3 by Alex M. on March 10th, 2010

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    The only reason I really read this book was out of moral obligation–my dad’s friends wrote it, and it was signed for me, so I’d feel bad not reading it. I found it to be really eye-opening. I am Romanian, but I learned so many new things about my heritage from this book. I loved that it covered such broad topics–from the obvious political aspect of communism to the huge orphanage scandal that dubbed Romania with a bad reputation. I could easily identify with this book, and I liked that it wasn’t completely dry even though it was in a sense a biography of Romania as a country, and was totally non-fiction.

  • #4 by Aurel on May 24th, 2010

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    “Dracula is dead…” is an interesting book, but look the website here: you could find exclusive details from the Real Life of Vlad Tepes-Dracula. As long as the political situation of Eastern Europe and Walachia of XV century!

  • #5 by Luisz M. Bobirca on July 8th, 2010

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    I have just ordered the book and am interested by the many people who have commented on the book.

    I am Romanian and moved to the US as a small child. My father had the sense to send me back to my homeland as a child to study and spend my summers wandering the countryside. I can’t begin to explain to you how beautiful Romania is. The north of the country is mountainous and the south is a sea of sun flowers, grain, and corn. The people are some of the most endering, funny, and welcoming people in the world.

    I did read one thing on the News section that I think was missed in the review by Elizabeth C. Hanink. That is that the government of Romania pushed people to have children. Childless couples were penalized. This is where the many children in orphanges came from. Under normal conditions Romania would have the same number of children or less in orphanages than any other European countries.

  • #6 by Andrei M. on January 5th, 2011

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    This book is a MUST READ for every Romanian-American out there, no excuse! It will take you back to your home country, and make you appreciate your heritage, while giving you hope and appreciation for a better future! Many thanks to the authors!!!

  • #7 by John K on July 1st, 2011

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    Memorable stories are often about misadventures. I have travelled in Romania a number of times. A few times I had the resources to rent a car. Being on a budget they were always the low-end, underpowered models.
    I have often defended the roads against the legends by noting that on the whole, the national roads are on a par with our state hiways: single lane and sometimes in need of attention, but perfectly serviceable.
    While driving through the moutains heading west from Bucuresti to Sibiu I found myself stuck in a line of tractor-trailers slowly making their way on the mountain-hugging winding road. Locals were gunning their way around the trucks, carefully calculating the timing on the blind corners.
    Finally, I had enough and decided to give it a try, too. I made a number of successful maneuvers and got rather confident. Carefully noting the road ahead I made my move. As I came abreast the truck I was passing a semi rounded the corner!! Because the ‘throw’ of the stick shift was unfamiliar to me I was afraid to simply downshift and gun the engine. I was missing the ‘sweet-spot’ occasionally and I knew if it happened then I would be (literally) dead in the road. At the same time, it was too late to brake and slide back behind the truck I was passing. My only option was to simply put the pedal to the medal and trust in God and my under-powered engine.
    I have no idea if either truck slowed to allow me maneuvering room, but I doubt it, knowing Romanian drivers. Nevertheless I was able to cut in front of the truck I was passing with millimeters to spare. I felt the total absence of blood in my head and eventually was able to get my heartrate under control. I never “drove like a Romanian” again.