Like this discovery trip to Romania, the daily posting on this blog is coming to a close.
To give you an idea as to what I’ll be saying good-bye, here is a picture of perhaps my favourite building in “Little Paris”, the CEC bank headquarters. Over on the right side is the patio in front of the Caru cu Bere, one of the most famous restaurants in town.
This picture was taken last year in May, actually. Before I take any implicit credit, I should admit it was likely taken by our daughter Jenny, who shares some of my fascination with my mother’s home country.
I suppose that one of my objectives in writing was to encourage some of you to be brave and to travel over here some time in the future and sample the excitement of what I sometimes call the Wild East.
I had some other objectives to my trip, to be sure. To make the first connection with some of my mother’s relatives in about thirty years. To see how far my newly-acquired Romanian lessons would go. To understand a bit more about the political situation here, by being on the ground for the last ten days of their election campaign.
And it has been a great trip, that ends tomorrow morning with a 7:05 a.m. departure time. My toughest job today is to try to discourage my relatives from pulling out one more gift to carry home for the family in Canada.
Right now, I am watching a scrum of the winner in Sunday’s election. In Romanian, of course. I am thankful that that they have a habit of putting little CP24-style subtitle messages below, because my reading in Romanian is a fair bit stronger than my ability to pick out nuances from those speaking quickly.
The post-election horse-trading is still underway. The President has still to ask someone to form a government. It is difficult to consider a government led by anyone other than a few senior figures in the leading centre-left PSD party. But the President (from the centre-right Liberal party) is still proceeding to invite representatives of the various parties to consultations as to how to proceed.
How can I leave all this excitement, you ask? You’re right, it’s not easy.