Student life: little money, a lot of time. But as a smart student, one will always figure out something and spend a lot of time for travelling, and somehow earn money. Same with us. I was lucky to join a group of unconventional cultural studies students who collected materials for their work about Polish villages in Romania, where we happily and adventurous went through Ukraine.
Polish wedding in Romania
Thanks to that I had the opportunity to see beautiful places, learn interesting traditions, hear how Polish language changed. And also to be a part of the big event – had a fun at the wedding I have never had a chance to be before. Feast of almost the entire village from morning to night, dance to the lively music that joined the guests from the groom’s house to the bride’s house, the church, and then to the village’s Cultural House. Tables full of food, delicious black olives in the pasta and, of course, the sounds of toasts and the applause of the housewives drinking slivovitz after many hours of cooking in sweat.
Solonețu Nou – Nowy Soloniec
The time spent in Suceava was very nice. Although I am not even able to take a look at at the slivovitz and it took me a long time to like this plum brandy again. I never hiccup whole week after the slivovitz … especially with pear scent. But the most I remember people’s hospitality. Living conditions were harsh, but the villagers were smiling and always helpful, curious about the visitors. It has come to my ears that Polish villages have become very depopulated and the inhabitants have gone into the world looking for better jobs. A lot of years have passed since my last visit to that area, maybe it’s time to check how things are going, and by the way see the greater part of Romania
Too much time has passed so that I can write down the events that accompanied us, in my head there is only a collage of pictures and very nice memories. Of course,the most we remember strange adventures, but about them I only during beer talk, with a glass of wine or a glass of vodka!
Romania 2002, photos Michał Pietrzak