Twenty years in Roumania ( Romania) Social Life and Description [1921] PDF book

Twenty years in Roumania ( Romania) Social Life and Description [1921] PDF book by Maude Rea Parkinson

Twenty years in Roumania
Picture of Romania in the present time
Romania is one of the most beautiful counties in Europe, The book is illustrating why the author loved Romania more than any other country she had visited.  I was also lucky to visit this beautiful country in 2013., I really thought as if I were in heaven, beautiful green mountains. tasty food, charming nature, and very kind and peaceful people. my favorite city was Sibiu.


Now that I have set down in black and white these random impressions and recollections of a country in which I spent many of the happiest years of my life, a slight feeling of doubt assails me. Might my Roumanian friends possibly find cause for offense in the freedom which I have allowed myself? Then I remember that they have a sense of humor, and the doubt vanishes.

 If I deal frankly with some of the methods and customs of the country, it is because I hope to give English readers an insight into the character of the people, and enable them to find there, as I have found, a very great deal to love. When, after my long absence from England, I compare our own methods and ways of thought with those which have become so familiar to me in Roumania, the latter do not always suffer in the comparison. Indeed, if I wrote about some of the things which have especially struck me since my return, I might arouse a good deal of resentment.

 Some of the best friends I have in the world are Roumanians. The kindness and sympathy they showed me during a time of great sorrow in my life must be an enduring memory. Rather than be suspected of repaying such kindness by holding up my friends to ridicule, I would tear up these pages which I— a tyro in the art of letters -have written with so much labor, but also, I must add, with so much pleasure. After completing my education in Germany, I spent some time very happily in Vienna with friends who were well acquainted with Roumania.

 I became fascinated by their descriptions of life in a country which for me had something of the glamour of the Orient, and so, armed with letters of introduction, I proceeded to Bucarest and soon established myself as a teacher of languages. For the twenty-two following years of my life, I lived in Roumania; but for the war, I should probably be there now. My relations with my pupils, members of the best- known families in the country, were always of the pleasantest, and as Roumanians have a natural aptitude for languages, there was no drudgery in the teaching.

 Since I left the country Roumania has come through a time of terrible trial. My heart has often been wrung by the accounts of the sufferings of my friends, but even during the darkest days of the war I was sustained by the knowledge that they never once lost courage. They displayed a spirit as indomitable as our own, and now I rejoice that their fiery trial is over and that the dawn of a glorious day has arrived.


 ARMAGH, 1921.

Maude Rea Parkinson 
Publication Date: 1921

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