Over spring break of last year, my family and I took our second trip to Romania since my mother and I left in 1993. We visited a lot of relatives, many of whom I had seen last time we came. I enjoy meeting new people in Romania because I can hear different accents that people have.
Because I have only heard my immediate family speak Romanian, I enjoy hearing the difference between their accents and the ones used in the city and northern Romania. The differences are comparable with the accents that exist within certain regions in America, such as the South and the Bronx. Another interesting characteristic in Romania is the fact that it was ruled by Nicolae Ceausescu, a communist dictator, until he was overthrown in 1989.
The effects of half a century of communism can still be clearly seen in that identical concrete apartment buildings that litter the capital. Dirty and depressing conditions still exist everywhere as does the hate most people still have for communism. Their experiences have helped me look around myself at people who favor communist ideas. I speak out in English class because I know, from the trips I have taken to a former communist nation, that communism destroys lives.
I am grateful for being priveliged enough to be able to visit Europe and to see how different life is outside of the U.S. My trip to Bucharest, Craiova, Deva, and Sinaia, all in Romania, has changed my life.
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