Hsu Chin-huan is the Buddhist priestess who promotes the Great Way of Maitreya, a modern, simplified form of Zen Buddhism. She has been living in Bucharest for 10 years and, although she hasn’t succeeded so far, she wishes she had more Romanian friends in her community. She invited us to attend the religious ceremony that…

Elie Haddad originates from Beirut, Lebanon, and now lives in Bucharest. He came here for his Romanian wife, but even after their divorce, Bucharest remained his home. He learned Romanian from subtitles, and most of his friends are Romanian. He works as an Art Director, but he would love to fill up his entire time…

Mrs. Ramnani receives everybody in her family restaurant with true Romanian hospitality. Originating in Mumbai, Anita Ramnani arrived in Bucharest in 1994, one year after her husband opened an electronics shop here. The couple has two daughters, 24 and 18 respectively, and they have all recently received Romanian citizenship. Their first years here were difficult…

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…

Who would have thought that the owner of the small Londophone pub, in the basement of an apartment building near Cişmigiu, wasn’t British? The truth is that he is part of the new minority here in Bucharest, however not from the British one, but from the Moldovian one. Vlad Bolocan is a young man of…

Patrick Ouriaghli coordinates “Workshops without Borders” in Romania, an organisation which succeeded to provide workplace for hundreds of disadvantaged persons and integrated on the labour market tens of persons from vulnerable groups. All this while recycles IT components and donates recycled computers to schools. The workshops model comes from France, the same country as Patrick….

Tom Wilson lives in Bucharest for over 10 years, a city which gives him the chance to assert himself. He was born in a small city located between Manchester and Leeds, he studied politics, philosophy and economy at Oxford but he left England and settled in Bucharest in 2002. He was welcomed by Romanians like…


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