I guess I didn’t get to choose to come to Romania, I could say that Romania choose me. When I left Egypt, my mind was set on doing everything I can to go to Germany or France but my only real option at the time was Romania and I didn’t want to come here, but now I love this place and I want to settle down. At first, I was a bit afraid of living here, I came from a corrupted country where I didn’t enjoy too much freedom and when I found out that Romania was the only country who offered me a visa, knowing its communist past and everything, I was afraid that I might encounter similar practices. I was a bit disappointed to notice the same corrupt system as the one in Egypt, however, Romania is a free country and people are very nice and friendly, which is why I would like to live here from now on.
The mentality here is also very different, people are very open minded, and I like that, I like the traditions, the atmosphere, this is what really makes this place so special for me. It is hard being away from home, but I made lots of new friends here, they invited me to their places and introduced me to the local traditions. Although I miss Egypt and I think of how it used to be it is now hard to imagine ever going back there, things changed and not for the better. Maybe in the future I will get a chance to give something back to my home country but right now I am focused on doing something here, in Romania. I know that not everyone has the possibility of leaving Egypt, but I would advise those who arrive in Romania to stay, even if they might be tempted to leave to other places like I was.
Like I said, I like to believe that Romania choose me, maybe this was my faith. I am now grateful to everyone who welcomed me here and made me feel like home.