PLAY CONTEST IN FAGARAS, ROMANIA
ROMANIAN STUDENT: STUDENT
Inside a café in the universitarian area of Oviedo
Waitress: Hello, Good morning!
Grandad: Hello, good morning!
W: What can I serve you?
Grandad: I´d like a coffee and you? ( to her graddaughter)
Gradd: I´d like an orange juice and a ham and cheese sandwich
(they sat at the end of the room)
Grandad: I think It will be quite good for you, you will learn a lot and who knows? Perhaps you
might find a job and you will like the place after all, you know how the situation in this country
Gradd: I´m a bit scared , granddad! Another country, another culture and I´m going to stay so
far…this is the first time I have moved for such a long time…
Grandad: Don´t worry , anyone can be quite far but feeling quite near (laughs)- moreover,
with Internet and all that………when I had to emigrate to Belgium in the sixties, due to the
mine strikes, I had to communicate by mail with your grandma, and that was not always so
easy… So, take it as an important choice to learn a lot about life.
Grandd: I don´t know, I´m a bit scared, anyway. Well, I´m going to the university to fill in the
application for my scholarship. See you!!
The granddaughter stands up and goes out of the café. After some time, a Romanian Erasmus
student, gets in.
RE: Hello, Good morning, I´d like a coffee.
(the waitress doesn´t understand well)
W. Excuse me ?
RS: One coffee, please.
W: Oh, yes, of course, in a minute.
( the granddad stared at him and suddenly he gets up towards him, inviting the boy to sit
Grandad: ( to the waitress) dear!! I will invite the boy!!
Where are you from?
S: I´m from Faragas, in Romania, But I´m studying in Bucarest.
Granddad: So , what are you doing here in Oviedo?. Waitress!! Bring the boy some potato
S: Well, I´m studying Spanish and I am going to spend one year here, thanks to an Erasmus
( the waitress comes with the omelette)
Grandad: Ah, Romania, I know some things about Romanians, although here in Spain , people
have a wrong idea about your country.
( the granddad gets closer and talks in a low voice)
Here, people are not very well informed. (he laughs)
St: Aren´t they? And what do you know exactly about us?
Grandad: I know there was a hard dictatorship for 40 years, as it happened in Spain, although
yours was a communist one.
St: Yes you are right.
Grandad: I know people rebelled against the dictator, Ceaucescu, and they wanted to change
the country….like here in Spain
St: I can see you knoe many things about my country.
Grandad: Yes, your country had also a kind of political changes, as we had. Things seemed to
go well….work, German or French investments , easy money, quite like in Spain.
ST: Yes, you are right again.
Grandad I also know that young people in Romania- as young Spanish people- were a bit
confuded at that time and preferred earning a salary to studying
ST: Yes, that´s it , how do you know?
Grandad, Well, I read a lot on Internet. It´s more reliable than newspapers or TV. But, tell me,
Do you like Oviedo?
ST: Yes, a lot. But this is my first time abroad, far from my country, alone and with little money.
I´m a bit scared.
( The granddaughter appears and sat down with them)
Grandad: Scared? I was also when I had to go to Belgium in the sixties .. look, this is my
granddaughter Cristina, tomorrow she´s going to Stuttgart with an Erasmus scholarship and,
like you, me or those who had to emigrate, she is scared too.