Iustinian Pintea interview
– What’s your name?
– Iustinian Pintea.
– How old are you?
– I’m 20.
– What grade are you in?
– 12th grade.
– I understand you’ve also been abroad with your family. Where exactly?
– Grova. That’s about 20 kms from Rome. My parents have left since 1998 and I went there starting 2002.
– But before that, who did you live with?
– My grandparents.
– Here in Iasi?
– No, in Targu Neamt. Lived with my grandparents for 5 years, then went to Italy.
– So how old were you when you left?
– I was five and a half.
– Meaning you went to school there. Did you adapt well?
– Yeah, well at first you’re little and you don’t exactly realize..I did well with the language cause I was little and I learned it very quickly, but I felt like an outsider. They look at you with different eyes – you’re Romanian..you’re a Romanian. That was one of the reasons why I came back home.
– So you felt it’s time to return home. What do your parents do?
– My dad’s a carpenter, he works with wood.
– And your mother?
– She’s a nurse.
– So they both work. Do they rent?
– They bought an apartment. Better to pay the bank than the landlord.
– So they took a mortgage. How long have you been back?
– Since this summer.
– Any siblings?
– Got a younger sister. She was born in Italy.
– Does she feel like an outsider too?
– No, she’s too young.
– How young?
– She’s 9.
– Is it hard being here by yourself? Where do you live?
– I live in my dad’s apartment.
– I see – you have your own place and manage on your own. Did you integrate well in school?
– How’s the curriculum?
– I don’t know, everyone says it’s going to be hard…gonna be hard.
– What about history for example? I’m assuming they didn’t teach Romanian history in Italy.
– No, there they teach European history, not necessarily Italian.
– How do you stay in touch with your folks?
– The internet – WhatsApp, Facebook.
– How often?
– Daily. My mom calls me.
– What about food? How do you manage that?
– I’ve got an uncle here in Iasi. Sometimes I’ll get some potatoes, cook something myself..
– So are you considering staying here after you graduate?
– Yes, here. I don’t see me any future in another country, I don’t want to move abroad, it’s very ugly.
– You think that, even if you do, you’ll just be an outsider.
– Yes, yes, yes.
– And you’d like to feel at home.
– Yes, yes.
– Do your parents want to come back home?
– My parents want to come back home too.
– Do they feel like they’ve integrated in there?
– No, they integrated somewhat but they don’t wanna be apart from the family, from my grandmother. They wanna come home. They’ve had enough.
– How do they talk to grandma?
– On the phone. She also went to Italy after I left and worked there.
– When did she return?
– She returned last week, by plane.
– For good or is she going back?
– She doesn’t know herself.
– Did she live with your parents or?
– She works as a caretaker for the elderly so she’s there, but when she has time off, she comes back to us.
– Thank you very much. Also, if you could provide a picture of your family, that would be very helpful.