We are beyond laid back here at Bucharest Life. Very little bothers us enough to warrant anything other than mild indifference. It is, after all, the English way.
There are two things you can say to us though which can be guaranteed to raise at least a mild response. We’ve had both of these thrown at us this past week.
1. Why do you live in Romania?
Honestly, what kind of question is that? Why does anyone live anywhere? It really is bizarre that some Romanians still have such a low opinion of their own country that they can’t believe an Englishman would want to live here. Our answer is always the same: Why on earth not? You live here, don’t you?
2. You are a foreigner, and you are not entitled to an opinion about Romania.
Again, we have a standard answer.
Every month we contribute money to the Romanian state. Personal income tax, social security, company income tax, property tax, car tax. We employ several people. We are net contributors to the budget. Do not tell us we are not entitled to an opinion, otherwise we might ask just how much you contribute to Romania each month.
Rant over. As you were.