My childhood

Growing up in Romania, in the 80s, behind the Iron Curtain.
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My first trip abroad was in Moscow, in 1983, as a 3 years old. We stayed in hotel Ukraine, now Hotel Radisson "Ukraine". Picture by Yuri Degtyarev, via Flickr

My first trip abroad was in Moscow, in 1983, as a 3 years old. We stayed in hotel Ukraine, now Hotel Radisson "Ukraine". Picture by Yuri Degtyarev, via Flickr

Mihaela is a character in a Romanian cartoon. She basically taught the children to wash their teeth and smile a lot.

Mihaela is a character in a Romanian cartoon. She basically taught the children to wash their teeth and smile a lot.

Great fun during holidays.

Great fun during holidays.

In front of our house, early in the summer, we had lots of strawberries.

In front of our house, early in the summer, we had lots of strawberries.

A good play in a summer day.

A good play in a summer day.

I read Habarnam (in translation I know nothing) for at least 20 times.

I read Habarnam (in translation I know nothing) for at least 20 times.

As Nicolae Ceausescu was a friend of different dictators in African countries, some beutiful dolls were produced in Romania to explain how our African friends look like. They made us dream of palm trees and endless summers.

As Nicolae Ceausescu was a friend of different dictators in African countries, some beutiful dolls were produced in Romania to explain how our African friends look like. They made us dream of palm trees and endless summers.

Arabela is a children series produced in Czechoslovakia, in the 80's, that has all the ingredients of the recent Hollywood hits: a magical ring, a beautiful girl, princes and princesses, witches and spells.

Arabela is a children series produced in Czechoslovakia, in the 80's, that has all the ingredients of the recent Hollywood hits: a magical ring, a beautiful girl, princes and princesses, witches and spells.

As a Romanian child in the '80s, I had two options for bubble gum: the delicious Turbo (Turkish) gum, with multiple flavors and car surprises and a locally produced gum, with no flavor, no surprise.

As a Romanian child in the '80s, I had two options for bubble gum: the delicious Turbo (Turkish) gum, with multiple flavors and car surprises and a locally produced gum, with no flavor, no surprise.

Nadia doll was made to honor Nadia Comaneci, a great Romanian gymnast. As I didn't have any Barbie, Nadia was just fine.

Nadia doll was made to honor Nadia Comaneci, a great Romanian gymnast. As I didn't have any Barbie, Nadia was just fine.


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