My name is Andreea, I am a writer, translator, marketing professional, and fellow traveler based in southern Bavaria. Born in Romania under one of Europe’s most atrocious totalitarian regimes, I look at the world with a combination of wonderment and skepticism. I first tasted freedom at 14 and have been making the best of it ever since. When I was young, I used to dream of a career in foreign relations, so I got a degree in International Business. I studied graduate Economics in the United States and International Rhetoric in Germany before finally succumbing to my love of language and earning a BA English from the University of London and a certificate of Advanced Creative Writing from Oxford.
I believe, with the great Michelangelo Buonarroti, that “two are the virtues a person should never lose: the courage to confront one’s own weaknesses and the strength to endure one’s own emotions.” I love to read, write, translate, photograph, and travel. Ecotourism is my thing. So are fair collaboration, lifelong learning, thinking freely, and getting involved in worthy causes. I teach my kids that happiness is not a prize, it’s a challenge and a discovery. Life itself is a fascinating journey. You get up one morning and decide to make the journey worthwhile.
Forever torn between my two callings, dreamer and doer, my path has taken me from East to West, from life behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s to the postmodern digital nomadism of today. I have always been fascinated by human nature, new places, and intercultural experiences. My articles, travelogues, short stories, essays, and poetry have been published in Writer Advice, The Write Launch, Dilema Veche, Spiegel International, Liternet.ro, Contributors.ro, Contrasens, Photo Travel Romania etc. I have translated high-gloss marcomm, books, journalism and essay collections, and have even won a few contests in the process.
So what is this blog about? Emigration, travels, family life, daily routines, society, motherhood, faith or the loss thereof. Poetry. Photography. Philosophy. Life in general. Some of its contents have gone viral. Some are still struggling. My hope is you’ll get something out of reading it. I for one will definitely enjoy sharing my ideas, views, beliefs, and experiences with others. So step through the portal and let’s start the journey!
But before you enter, please remember: This blog deals in words. Words may be arbitrary but, once uttered, they become real. They structure thought and dilate the heart. They generate sensations, challenge or reinforce myths. They pacify, demolish, or persuade. Cognition is built upon metaphors. Words inform behavior and can, on occasion, seduce irreversibly. Words create (mental) worlds. There might be triggering content on this website. At the same time, please keep in mind that you are entering someone’s home. Someone’s heart. Someone’s inner forum. Please observe the house rules. Come in peace.