Gianluca Dova is an Italian for who Bucharest is home now. He has lived here for 20 years now, together with his family, speaks very well Romanian, even if every now and then he blurts out “allora”, and, even if he isn’t too crazy about “sarmale” (stuffed cabbage), he consideres himself Romanian, for the most part.
Interview by Cristina Irian and Corina Nițescu, within the anthropological research “The new minorities in Bucharest municipality”
He came to Bucharest in 1995, when he was 22-23 years old, on vacation, for a week, in the city where his parents were already running a business. After a quarrel with a partner and an airplane lost, he found himself staying in Bucharest for an indefinite period of time. He took over his parents’ business and then came from 10 employees to 80 now. Although he felt and was perceived as a foreigner, he adapted quite easily on the Bucharest market as the locals here are not so different from Italian people, especially those in the south. He stays away from generalizations, but noticed, however, Latin as ca ommon denominator between Romania and Italy.
How do I find bureaucracy in Romania? It’s not complicated. In theory it does not seem more complicated than the one in Italy. Here is this phenomenon of corruption that somehow you have to adapt to. The moment you know how it works it can prove even more helpful and easier than in Italy, in some way.