Every time somebody decides to pack up their bags and travel to a new place that has novel customs and culture, in the hopes of discovering something – that in itself is an act of bravery. The deed exudes even more character when people enter such an experience with an open heart and a ready mind. I call these people wo/anderers and they are amazing.
A wo/anderer – from the verb “to wonder”, which means “to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe, to marvel”, and the noun “wanderer”, which translates into “nomad, adventurer, explorer”. A person who embraces life in a curious, open, and adventure-minded way.
The project, which shares the namesake of these people, was born out of simple, yet impactful interactions between Romanians and internationals. At work, during volunteering projects, when going out for beers, on dates, our lives have never lacked a healthy dose of internationalism. We don’t live in isolation and we never have. If you look so far back to the dawn of man, different cultures have always interacted and communicated, only to discover each other’s quintessence.
As people, we love to share. It’s only natural.
Thus, the time felt right to dedicate some space to understanding and celebrating these beautiful moments between Romania and the rest of the world. Not only from a geopolitical perspective, but most importantly, from a human point of view – because, in the end, these are the relationships that build the bigger picture.
At the same time, internationals who decide to make Romania a part of their story could use a proverbial common campfire, to share their continuously changing experiences. Romania offers the unique opportunity to discover one’s self better, through both magical moments and serious challenges. So, instead of praising an imagined paradise or condemning the country to a one-sided caricature of itself, Wo/anderers wants to get the fuller story out into the open. Only by paying attention to what is genuinely going on can we access our wise, inner awareness. And as we step into ourselves more, through our culture, heritage, and history, while also sensing who we are as people, we can open up to becoming better versions of ourselves – and imagine a better, more human future.
This plan starts with a podcast, but who knows where the future might lead us? In the end, one thing is crystal clear: Wo/anderers is a celebration of people, looked at through the age-old culture of Romania. Hope you enjoy the stories!
Behind The Mic
My name is Daniela, the mind and heart behind the mic at Wo/anderers. I’ve always been close to the international scene back in Romania – from working together with people from other backgrounds to volunteering on international projects to my most personal of relationships coming from the other side of the world. What is interesting is that every time I talked to someone who chose to experience Romania with an open heart, I’ve heard some of the most touching and inspiring stories.
Stories of people in love, of souls who were lost and found themselves again in my home country, of revolutionaries from 1848, city builders (see modern Galați), entrepreneurs, family makers, politicians, community organizers, mayors, shepherds, diplomats, you name it. All these accounts form a web of interconnected moments that shape Romania’s past, present, and future. And yet, there wasn’t any space on the interwebs that was dedicated to this unique relation between the Romanian culture and the world – at least, not in this personal way.
Thus, an idea was born.
That is the plan with this space: to offer a deeper, better starting point to explore the lives of internationals who are and have been close to Romania. In the end, through others, we can discover more about our truest selves.
The Wo/a mission
Guiding the world towards real, timeless discovery. Personally, culturally, through stories of the past and the wisdom of the present.
Our guiding values
Kindness births heaven, says an old Romanian proverb. In the case of Wo/anderers, these special people have given a bit of their time and hearts to shape what you all see and listen to today. The creative flair coming from these individuals through their Wo/anderers work, each contributing in their own special way, should be recognized and celebrated by everyone who loves this space. So, give it up for:
For his website wizardry, podcast editing, and overall close support. All podcast episodes carry his auditory signature.
For her keen and colorful eye, the entire design direction, and her child-like wonder and enthusiasm.
For his slick fingers and musical genius, for the awesome show tune, and for his openness and generosity.
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