Dec 202006

Versiune în română

The Christmas decorations in downtown Bucharest come in blue, white and yellow this year. Especially blue. First time I saw them I asked – without giving it much thought – why did they use blue? Christmas is supposed to be red and green. Last year the lights were mostly white and two years ago they were also white and blue. Is the city hall fixated on white and blue? My brother told me the lights are celebrating Romania’s entry into EU which will take place January 1, 2007. Duh. This year they have a reason for the blue 🙂 Afterwards I noticed that the decorations lining Magheru Boulevard, between Universitate Square and Romană Square, even display a round circle made of stars that has been the mark of the EU for so many years.

Yes, it’s true. Romania will join the EU starting January 1, 2007. It’s not my place to say if we’re ready for this step or not. Others have done it for me and the subject has been debated in great detail. From my part I hope that joining the EU will bring more political stability for my country, the pressure to accelerate the reforms, a raise in foreign investments and hopefully some curbing of the corruption that has engulfed Romania since the fall of the communism in 1989. I realize that these are all long term goals and that we might not see any changes for many years other than an increase in the freedom to travel and maybe an easiness in doing commerce. I guess the end goal – aside from political stability which to me will be the greatest achievement – will be economic growth for Romania and with it a raise in the standard of living of the population.

This year’s decoration

Last year

Two years ago

  6 Responses to “How the EU stole Christmas :)”

  1. The streets of Bucharest with the blue lights sweeping across – it’s so beautiful and unexpected. Thanks for posting this beautiful photo.
    May you personally have a Merry Christmas and may all your hopes and dreams for Romania come true in the upcoming years.

  2. Thank you for the nice wishes. A Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in the new year.

  3. Hey Andreea – I can’t say I like the current decorations very much since you spoiled us with the great pic from 2 years ago. The simple star/snowflake design is much nicer than the waves of blue lights. Of course that’s my personal opinion 🙂

    To you & Cris, Crăciun fericit şi un an nou fericit!

  4. Thanks Robert, and a Merry Christmas to you too. Your blog is still the model for me, I would be very happy to write with the ease that you write and to take such beautiful pictures like yours. Btw, congrats for Rick’s cover photo, I couldn’t post that from my US IP so I’m saying it now. All the best in the new year.

  5. A great scenery with these blue lights and all the decorations. Anyway, I wish you and Chris a very happy New Year and all the best for your future.
    As I told you I think that your country has a great potential and I love it very much! I am fascinated about Romania with its overwhelming nature, landscapes and its rich culture! Concerning the economic changes I think they are not coming over night. All good things that should last will take time! I am sending you all my best wishes!

  6. Hi Gregor, good to hear from you. I hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as I did. Thanks for always being a great supporter for Romania. All the best wishes in the new year.

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