You have probably heard about or seen the idyllic Romanian villages, where traditions remain untouched by the evolving technology, where the air is clear and the grass is green. Indeed, most Romanian villages are a joy to live in for those who love nature and would like a home away from the crowded, noisy and polluted urban areas.
But despite all these advantages, living in a Romanian village might not be the right thing for you! And I am here to tell you why!
A different mentality
Even though, just like all Romanians, or maybe even more so, the people living in Romanian villages are extremely friendly and nice with visitors, they all have an old and outdated mentality that might shock a lot of people. I was surely shocked after talking to an old man living in a village.
He invited me inside his house to offer me some fresh eggs (they love to give you gifts!) and I said that hopefully he doesn’t have a dog around, because I am afraid of them. His answer shocked me: “Oh, no, I had one, but he started to attack the chicken so I killed it, the motherf*****.”
He said that as if it was the most natural thing to do and unfortunately for him and many other people living in these villages, it is. In order to keep the dog population under control, they drown the newly born puppies and there are a ton of other barbaric things they normally do without even considering them wrong.
And everything revolving around their mentality is outdated and could really surprise a modern person, from the idea that the woman should stay at home, have kids and cook to all sort of minor things that are, in the end, different from what you know, think or live by. And being surrounded by such people is difficult.
Lack of education
Probably most of the problems with the people in Romanian villages come from their lack of education. Unfortunately, Romania has the highest number of illiterate people in the European Union, and almost all of them live in villages.
Just a few days ago I saw a shocking thing on TV: a reporter was asking people in a Romanian village what is the name of the country they were living in and, as shocking and unbelievable that might sound, they did not know the answer. Of course, a special kind of people were chosen, but they were all adults with a right to vote, and I believe that every person should know at least the name of the country they live in.
The lack of education leads to the old ways of thinking and the mentality problems we’ve talked about, also making them extremely unreceptive to anything new. Plus, you will probably not learn too much from them, unless it’s growing crops or animals – which in many cases is still extremely useful.
Nobody speaks a foreign language
You’ve probably heard it that most Romanians speak English – this is indeed generally true, but it completely excludes the people living in a village. With most of them unable to read, it’s pretty much common sense that learning another language was not high on their priorities list!
Lack of running water
Most of the villages in Romania don’t have running water, and people get theirs from either a well in their yard or from the village’s fountain.
No running water also means that the toilet is a bit different from what you might be used with – and it’s right there at the back of the yard. Going to the toilet during the cold winter days can be a real experience!
Together with the lack of running water, there are still places in Romania that don’t even have electricity. Fortunately, the number of villages without electricity is getting lower each day – but many of those who do have electrical power run on very old cables that can’t handle multiple units running at the same time.
Poor infrastructure and services
Most of the roads in our villages are dirt roads and you won’t be too happy about them after some heavy rains. Also, public transportation might mean just one bus per day going to the nearby city or maybe nothing.
In terms of services, don’t expect to have too many shops around, or a pharmacy or hospitals or anything else you might normally find in a city. It’s usually one or two small shops and that’s all you get!
Alcohol and petty crime
Since there’s not too much to do in a Romanian village, people there like consider drinking extremely entertaining. They make their own wine and moonshine, and they have a of it, which has to be consumed.
This means that, influenced by alcohol, the villagers might become a bit more violent and it’s indeed the villages where most of Romania’s crimes happens.
Although it’s usually just fights between the drunk people (so technically, if you don’t drink, you should be safe), there are also a lot of petty crimes happening there, stealing probably being the top crime.
I did show you above the worst parts about living in a Romanian village. Although unfortunately all the Cons above can be met in the same village, and I personally believe that in most villages at least some are true, this doesn’t mean that living in a village in Romania is a nightmare.
It just means that you should do some serious research about the area you’re about to move in to and make sure you know everything about the people living there and the type of living you’d have to do before moving out. I am sure that you can still find some amazing villages to live in with none of the problems above!
Hint: start with those closest to the cities, as they are usually a step ahead of the others (but also the least village-y)