With all due respect, my Corporate Finance Management is more like my window into the Polish culture and vision, because so far I’ve got more feedback from Piotr (the teacher) than any other person or place.
First of all, during last week’s class, he told us about his last trip to Romania, around 1985. He told us how the bus stopped in some places and small children (maybe gipsy?!) where coming towards the Polish tourist group: “bombo, bombo!!..” (asking for candies or something).
And then he asked “Is Romania safe?” I got asked the same exact question by a French Erasmus student yesterday evening. I really wonder what does the Western and Central European think about Romania!
But anyway… so today Piotr told us some other things. Things like Poland incorporated Romania during its history. :o ?!?! What? And that Poland had the border at the Black Sea. Co, Piotr?! :)
And then told us how the Polish defended Romania and all Europe against the Turks, in the Battle of Vienna. Excuse me??? There was Austro-Hungarian-Polish army, in the first place. And even if the consequences of the battle’s result were significant (The Otoman Empire slowly died), it was solely a battle. The Romanian nations were always fighting the Otoman Empire due to their vecinity.
Anyway – it sounded like the old days when you could hear “Romanians must be proud… Romania is so important… Romania… Romania… Romania” or even better “Ceauşescu this, Ceauşescu that”. Being proud of one’s country or culture is one thing, but making the mistake of going overboard sounds like socialism to me. Or am I wrong about it?
Musical background: Take That – Reach Out