Photo TuesdaySeptember 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Posted in Photo Tuesday, Transylvania | 17 Comments
Tags: Capitalism, Challenges, Change, Commerce, Communism, Expats, Industry, Milestones, Photography, Romania
“Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.” — Walter Lippmann
Romania is a country full of contradictions. Bulldozers and dump trucks routinely rumble up and down my residential street. So does a man in his horse and buggy about once a week, no doubt hauling produce to the market at Piaţa Mihai Viteazul. Cars and motorcycles park anywhere and everywhere because honest-to-goodness parking spaces are a rarity. Recycling containers are springing up around the city, though littering is still a big problem.
The country is in such a state of flux.
It joined the EU five years ago, but industry and individuality were oppressed for far longer under Communism. It’s going to take a while for people to collectively remember how to innovate, how to compete, how to set high expectations. In fact, many of our Romanian friends wonder why we would ever have chosen to leave the United States and come here. And to them I say: Things are changing every day. For the better. And being part of that is an experience I count myself lucky to have.
How are things changing for the better where you live? What experiences are among your most treasured? And have you seen a horse and buggy lately?
See more “industrial” at Beth’s on Thursday.