Despite the whims of last week’s weather, Saturday April 22, was a great day for a walk through the „Romulus Vuia” Ethnographic Park in Cluj-Napoca with some of the participants in the Romanian language courses provided by LADO Cluj. These courses take place within the „MigraNet” project and are complemented by cultural orientation visits, to facilitate insight into the history, culture and specificity of Romanian society.
The walk started in the Grigorescu neighborhood of Cluj-Napoca and offered plenty of time to discuss about the most cultivated fruits in Pakistan (oranges, kinow, mango…), perspectives on the weather and life in Cluj, traditional cuisine, or what the right way towards the Park is.
After arriving at the large wooden gate of the museum, things took a more serious turn: counting from “ek” to “do” (in Urdu), two teams were formed, with the task of finding the ten wooden churches and traditional households marked on a map as quickly as possible. The searches took the participants along the wooden churches of Petrind and Cizer, traditional handicraft workshops, households with oil-dwelling presses, fountains, barns and wooden porches. Although different routes have been chosen, a tie has been agreed, considering that both teams have finished the expedition of cultural discoveries in a fairly equal time.
It is worth adding that although the constructions and exhibits are specific to the traditional Romanian village, the techniques of grain milling or oil production are not very different in Oriental countries, either, as noted by Ahmed, a native of Pakistan.
The participants also received informative materials about the ethnographic complex, in English and Romanian.
The “MigraNet” project continues a series of initiatives started in 2010, with the aim of creating support structures for the integration of migrants in nine counties of Romania – Maramures, Satu-Mare, Salaj, Cluj, Bistrita-Nasaud, Mures, Harghita , Sibiu and Alba. The project was initiated in 2016 by LADO Cluj, (the League for the Defense of Human Rights Cluj), in partnership with the Social Assistance and Medical Assistance Directorate Cluj-Napoca, the Social Assistance and Social Care Association in Baia Mare and the Romanian Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).