1. Be a vegetarian.
While this may be acceptable in certain circles in Bucharest, don’t expect to find a home-cooked meal prepared without some form of pork. If you’re planning to do a homestay in Romania, be sure to at least inform your hosts of your dietary needs in advance or things could get awkward.
2. Assume Romanians want to scam your country’s welfare system.
You realize The Daily Mail isn’t exactly a paragon of journalistic integrity, right? You should also know that Romania has a problem with brain drain – their best and brightest often chose to live and work abroad where they can find a higher standard of living and better wages.
As a result, there are loads of Romanians in the IT and healthcare industries in other countries. Unfortunately, using an ordinary-looking middle class professional in photographs attached to articles foretelling an invasion by the teeming and terrifying developing world masses doesn’t sell many papers.