In order to call a place home you have to travel a long road. The road will always be filled with laughter, tears, happiness, sadness and lots of emotions and fears. It is only natural to be so, especially if you’re used to your comfort zone and didn’t really step out of it.
To decide whether a place is your home or not is a though call. Especially if you are trapped between two borders. One place has everything you are used to, the other place has new things you didn’t even think of. They are both filled with some sort of adventure and mystery. Your heart is somehow split in two, that’s how it works.
In the spring of 2013 I’ve moved to Dublin, Ireland and became, in a weird way, part of the city. The road was full of obstacles and tears from time to time, but it also had sunshine, smiles and finding my true love.
This year, about three years later, I’ve moved back home with my new family. We’ve arrived in Timisoara in March 2016. Believe me, we’ve thought it through and made lists and plans, with pros and cons and decided that, for a while, Romania is going to be our home, and Ireland a place to consider again for the future.
These two countries have a lot in common, more than they actually show, but the general conception about them is extremely different.
For example, when you search for Ireland, you learn about Guinness, Jameson and leprechauns (surprising, right?). When you search for Romania, you learn about Dracula, Bran Castle and the Palace of Parliament. The most simple internet search result. But there’s so much more to learn about these countries.
My main focus will be on Timisoara, a city in Romania and Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. Both of them are crossed by rivers, Timisoara – Bega and Dublin – Liffey, this makes it easier to set points and find places throughout the cities, it’s a pretty good guideline.
They both have airports, so they’re easily accessible to tourists and visitors from all over the world and that’s pretty cool. In both cities English is a language that is widely known, apart from the Romanian language in Timisoara and the Irish language in Dublin. These are just some short descriptions for both cities, to explain some of the similarities.
Moving to these cities, getting used to the customs and traditions, getting to know the unknown sides of them and actually becoming part of the cities is something I am constantly writing about – and hopefully publish some day.
For me, the most shocking thing was the density of the population:
- Timisoara (~ 130.5 km² ~) has about 330.000,
- Dublin (~ 115 km² ~) has more than 1.3 million.
I don’t know if you can imagine the difference, but believe me, it is quite a change, especially if you are used to living in a small and quiet city. Dublin brings a new light over multicultural diversity, especially in the summer time, when the city is flooded by tourists, students and family members of those who moved there. It is fantastic to observe all the changes, to see the fashion, make-up, style and the attitude people have. Timisoara doesn’t really have this kind of change, because the influx of tourists isn’t so dramatic.
My question to you is this: are you interested in finding out more about these two lovely cities?
If you have 2 minutes, please help me with a comment and tell me what you would like to know. I am writing a short guide-book/ travel journal about my experience in Dublin and how it feels to come back home in Timisoara, after three years.
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