Today I am celebrating six months from the very first entry on this website! October 3, 2016 is the day of the first article on the blog. And it's the perfect time to admit the truth - I feel more and more addicted to this project... I am ready to give up on many things in my life just to focus on promoting the image of Romania. From remembering beautiful places to looking for enthusiastic reactions about tourism in Romania, from connecting with some amazing people to learning about the most interesting projects developed by Romanians, from witnessing the latest events and the positive reactions the world has given us - this is how my journey looks like in the past couple of months!
It all started with a sense of frustration. It was one evening when I learned how authorities in Italy finally caught a Romanian murderer. It was the last drop in a glass, after a series of negative news directed towards Romanian people. You don't often hear about accomplishments on (inter)national media, no. You have to dig deep into the internet to learn about true performers originating from Romania. Most of these stories are in Romanian language, and very few of them are covered in international magazines.
Then, I was googling Romania in English, and another thing hit me: they don't show the true beauty of our country! I mean, there are some good websites displaying Romania, no doubt about that. The problem is, I felt most of them are either too incomplete and noncomprehensive, or too crowded and unstructured. I actually consider the best articles to be written by those international bloggers who have visited Romania, and were surprised to see that we have much more to offer than the myth of Dracula... The problem with them, of course, is that they couldn't have travelled throughout the entire country unfortunately.
So, one thing led to another. Pros and cons. Research after research after research. Frustration versus patriotism. Until one day when I grabbed the bull by its horns, strongly believing that the Internet needs my 360 perspective!
Six months later, I am truly happy with what I have accomplished so far. I put together the best of Romania in terms of tourism. My personal top attractions. Vacation ideas. Collections of things to do in the main destinations. And most importantly, I proudly receive the acknowledgement of the finest people Romania has to offer abroad. Whether it's praises for the project, admiration for the challenges I prepare for each and every one of them, or enthusiastic reactions generated on social media by the final result. It really seems that the Romanians Abroad section turns into the perfect environment for worldwide unknown heroes to create a personal brand, to make their performance known outside their community.
I honestly believe The Golden Romania platform looks pretty good by now (sorry for the lack of modesty ). However... I wish I wrote more often. I thought by this time I would have already described the whole country, but I am far from over. I wish I had more interviews on the Romanian Abroads section, believing that there is so much potential out there in this area... And I wish I had started new sections on the website I am dreaming about every day, such as Expats in Romania. Or outstanding Romanian Brands which need to be known worldwide. Traditional food recipes. Hotels and restaurants I recommend. Creating and nurturing a selective community of Romanians...
All these thoughts have been with me during former six months, together with some many other ideas that always come and go. Those above are still in my plans, and sooner or later they will come to life, so that we can have that 360 perspective of positive things I've pledged to build. What I also promise is to persist in considering Romania as the greatest country on Earth, for himself and his family. And with our dark side not to be denied and thoroughly covered by others, there is no reason for someone like me not to focus on everything nice about Romania!
Welcome to my world! And thanks for being part of my story!
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