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Bucharest city tales: Decision time: staying in Romania or moving back to Denmark?

Columnist Eleonore af Schaumburg-Lippe writes in her weekly column about life as an expat in Romania. This week she writes about having to decide whether to stay in Romania or return back to her home country Denmark.

My whole journey here in Romania has been unexpected in so many ways. I knew when I arrived in Romania, that it would change my life, I just didn’t know at that time in what way or how. But I was curious to see what would happen if I moved to another country, and where this change would take me.

When I arrived in Romania, my initial idea was to stay for one year, to take a year abroad, which is something many people in Denmark do. The time seemed right to do that. I ended up staying here for three and a half years. Things have changed in many ways, and actually in many ways life here in Romania has been better that I could have imagined or even dreamt about. As I say to myself or others, as a motto: Life gets better in ways than you can’t now even imagine possible. This is the describe the great feeling we – hopefully- all have experienced, when you enjoy life so much, in a way that you had never imagined possible when growing up in your younger years.

Most people, I believe, have a direction or an idea about what they want to do in life. But if someone told me four years ago, when I was living a whole different, but great life in Denmark, that I one day would be living in Romania and end up having slight difficulties in deciding whether to stay in Romania or go back to Denmark, I wouldn’t have believed it. I didn’t see that one coming!

A crossroad has appeared in my life, at now it is decision time. Much like in the song: Shall I stay or go now? And a decision has to be taken. I can see now three options: stay in Romania, move back to Denmark or go to another country.

Friends in Denmark are asking me to come home, saying I already experienced much more than I had expected, so now it is time to return home. I feel what they say, as I do miss many about Denmark, I am still Danish and will always be the Danish girl.


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