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The Complete Insider's Guide to Romania: 2011 Paperback – December 1, 2010
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I've left Romania for Canada more than fifteen years ago and I wish I had a similar book about Canada and Canadians. Now, with a good understanding of how westerners live and socialize, I can see how confusing Romania can be for them. As I was reading this guide and its various amusing chapters about how a foreigner would perceive various Romanian customs, I had many moments where I would chuckle and think "OMG, this is so true, I've never seen it that way!". I can tell that the author had many patient guides himself, guides that introduced him to all that's good and bad about Romania, from the sweet taste and fragrance of the wild strawberries, the welcoming people and sights taken from fairy tales, to the mind boggling bureaucracy and the scary night traffic on country roads.
As a Romanian, I would have very little to add to this book and I would recommend this book to all that want to not just visit Romania but to also understand the people and enrich their experience.
Highly recommended if
- you are a Romanian - it won't hurt to understand your country
- you are a Romanian in exile - it won't hurt to understand what you left behind
- you came to live here - this is your best starting guide
- you travel in Romania and would like to "see" deeper than the usual turist.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone traveling to Romania (for information) or even to Romanians (for entertainment value), as they will find a lot of everyday truths they barely even notice anymore.