Clash of Cultures: Rep. of Moldova VS Qatar VS Albania

For my Brother – Michael

Every time I reflect on my journeys made in Europe and not only, I feel a wave of nostalgia cross my mind, when seeing for the first time skyscrapers, while enjoying a cup of fresh pomegranate on the streets of Souq.  Wondering on the streets of ‘Aladdin Souq’ and getting lost in the smell of spices in big different sacks has made me reflect today, that what looks like in postcards is not always the reality.  So in today’s post I want to share with you, my little brother and readers too, the reality behind each country mentioning not only the cons, but also what impressed me the most.  So let’s get started!

Rep. of Moldova being situated in the Eastern of Europe, this little country has much to offer from food till drinks, and not only, yet a vast of traditions that date from early years.  Rep. of Moldova is well known in the World for its largest and Guinness World Records Wine Cellar, yet while reflecting a few days ago, I came to the point that Moldova is not only wine and drinking.  It’s a country with much more culture, heritage and traditions.  Moldova formerly known as Bessarabia, this region was an integral part of the Romanian principality of Moldavia until 1812, when it was capitulated to Russia by its suzerain, the sultan of the Ottoman Empire.  Bessarabia remained a province of the Russian Empire until after WWI (World War I), when it became a part of Greater Romania, and it confiscated to Russian control in 1940 – ‘41 and again after WW II, when it was joined to a part of formerly Ukrainian territory, the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (more information).

Although Moldova has the largest wine cellars in the world, still Albania is a little bit more developed.  Albania is situated in the Balkan peninsula and has borders with Albanian ‘brothers’ Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Rep. of Macedonia, Greece and obviously maritime borders such as Croatia and Italy.  This kind of exposure has made Albania not only more advanced in economy, yet in mentality too.  For example, taking some traditions from Italy (Croissants and Cappuccino for breakfast). Albania emerged from the violence of WWII as a communist state, that boldly protected its sovereignty and in which almost all aspects of life were controlled by the ruling party. Yet, with the collapse of other communist regimes beginning in 1989, new social forces and democratic political parties appeared in Albania.  In 1912 Albania was declared independent, yet the following year the separation of its boundaries by the great powers of Europe (Austria-Hungary, Britain, France, Germany, Italy & Russia) assigned about half its territory and people to neighbor states (more information).

Credit: Andreea Apetri & Sara Alimani

Coming again to Qatar, we can say that it is the Richest and Powerful country in the world.  Situated on the coast of the Persian Gulf, Qatar may be said that winning the ‘Lottery’ A.K.A Petroleum & Natural Gas has been in the top leading economy.  By the 1970s, however, native Qataris enjoyed one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, despite subsequent declines in income due to fluctuations in world oil prices (more information). Having a small population of about 2.88 million people, it leads to one of the main reasons that this country does come in as the wealthiest in the world.  Qatar has the world’s third largest proven natural gas reserve and is the second-largest exporter of natural gas.  Yet, being the richest country in the World, still it doesn’t have some basically things, like the sewage construction. I remember long ago, when I travelled with my family to this country, on the 25th of December it rained so much that the roads where full of water and only Jeeps could drive on the ‘pools’ created by rain.  Artificial grown parks are the main attractions and skyscrapers that are way cooler than in NYC postcards. 😉

Looking back at this postcard, I can say Rep. of Moldova has the most beautiful landscapes and nature resources and not only.  While opening the wardrobe some years ago in my grandparents house, I had encountered a Safe with a lock in it.  In that moment I remembered instantly that my grandfather used to be a professional hunter.  Moldova it is home to 3 diversity ecoregions: 1. Central European mixed forests; 2. East European Forest Steppe: 3. Pontic steppe, which covers 11% of the whole Moldova.  Yet, in all this nature, my grandfather, Dumitru, has hunted different animals from those that fly till earth and water ones.  At home there was always fresh deer meat, wild duck or Dniester fish.

Still some memories flash back to me when I was still a child in Durrës (Albania).  Those red in orange sunsets that can’t be forgotten or the best seafood in town, can say that it’s the best must see tourist point.  Yet, we should not forget Moldova which has the best world masterpieces of songs like Ciocărlia and the modernized song Ciuleandra with Lupii lui Calancea and it’s the best must see concerts combing traditional ballad lyrics with modern chords. And it should also be a must see Doha, for its modern buildings and it has been recently named one of the 7 New Wonder Cities in the World!

Published by Andreea Apetri

Foreign Languages (Linguist): Romanian, German, English, Albanian Hobbys: Blogging 👩‍💻 + Badminton 🏸

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