My Beautiful Dacia, a story about a country and its car

I finally got over to watch “My Beautiful Dacia” (or in our language: “Dacia, dragostea mea” a 2009 documentary about the history of the Dacia car manufacturer but most importantly a mirror image of the country itself and how the different eras (communism and post-communism) have affected this brand’s capability to stay competitive in the car market.

Today, Dacia is recognized as a good and cheap brand of cars that will last you a couple of million miles. With a price tag around 12k euros in Europe (at the time of writing) is well within reach of most pockets. It’s amazing to see how this feeling of reliability has kept past the decades, as the same was said about the previous 1100 and 1300 models. It’s humbling to say the least to the efforts made by Romanian workers (and owners) to keep this brand alive to this day (2020) and for the years to come.

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Sleepy town center of Ramnicu Valcea

Today late in the day we had to hop on in the car and go towards Ramnicu Valcea, the nearest town to where my in-laws have their house. My wife was not feeling good, maybe going down with a cold. She had a runny eye and it was bugging her for the whole day. Late in the day, she could not take it anymore so we went out to find a pharmacy.

We parked at River Plaza Mall. It was quite free in comparison to other days I’ve been there. Probably because it’s 23 of December and night. Malls in this country tend to be overcrowded, like we don’t have anything else better to do. Anyway, since we were very close to the town center we went upwards to an X-mass fair. The decorations attracted my attention, they were of very good taste, simple, light, not too dazzling (in comparison to Mioveni which is the most decorated city of all or Bucharest in some former years).

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