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Romanian mum, living in Northern Ireland, married to a Greek. Blogging on parenting, healthy eating, education and good books.

Oana is a winner of Top 25 European Moms - 2013

In what ways is your home town unique from other places you've lived or traveled?

I was born in Iasi, Romania so this is my birth home town.
Iasi has been unique throughout its history and a multinational hub of political activity since its early days. It had an important role to play as the residence town of the first Romanian school, a Greek diaspora revolutionary center in the 19th century and capital of Moldova(not the Republic!) at various stages. Was targeted by Turks, Russians and Germans throughout its history. Iasi was marred by the Holocaust as early as 1941(we have touching stories running in the family history of my very pregnant granny positioning herself between a German soldier and a Jewish friend, hiding in her home).
Nowadays, Iasi is a unique blend of traditional and modern: shopping centers rivaling those in any modern European city mix with traditional family values and habits to create a unique town definitely worth visiting!
Although a big city, the pace is slow ( the "Ieseni" are famous for their calm demeanor) and there are plenty of spots (Copou park comes to mind) where you can enjoy a family day/evening out nursing a cool beer, in the company of good friends!

What do your kids love most about living in the European Union?

Being part of three cultures!
My little one is aware of the fact that Bica and Bicu live in Romania and speak a different language than the people in Ireland. She loves visiting them, enjoys the traditional food and playing with her Romanian friends.
Summers are spent in Greece where she loves having quality time with her Papou and Giagia, eating loads of fresh fruit and going swimming in the sea every day. She can now have a simple conversation in Greek of which she is very proud.
She considers herself Irish, as she is being raised here. She has a rich recreational life, with drama, ballet and Girls' Brigade weekly activities, which allow her to benefit fully from her Irish upbringing.

What outdoor activity do you enjoy doing most with your kids?

In Greece, going for long walks to the beach and going to the open market together and picking fresh produce.
In Ireland, it's going to the park, walks and visits to various outdoor heritage sites, like the Giant's Causeway or Mount Steward.

How old was your baby before you left them overnight?

Oana Chirila

She was eight months. We don't have family where we live so when we went to visit them last summer my sister in law offered to mind the baby for two nights. It was hard, especially the first night but it did good to our marriage.
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