My name is Andreea. I am a writer, entrepreneur, 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.
For almost two decades, I’ve been transcreating, reviewing, and consulting on communication projects for agencies and iconic brands around the globe. Prior to that, I worked in banking, product management, and destination marketing. As a Certified Marketing Professional, I have completed dozens of market and media research projects, advising clients on strategy and communication. As an interpreter and certified trainer, I have delivered valuable linguistic support to negotiation teams in sales conferences, business and legal meetings, assisted migrant workers, and taught language in private and corporate settings.
My experiences have led me to 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, travel, and observe. Ecotourism is my thing. So are fair collaboration, lifelong learning, thinking freely, and getting involved in worthy causes. Happiness is not a prize, it is a challenge and a discovery. Life itself is a fascinating journey. You get up one morning and decide to make the journey worthwhile.
So, what is this blog about? My journeys: emigration, travels, motherhood and family life, faith or the loss thereof. Self-knowledge. Poetry. Philosophy. Culture and – above all – communication. 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.