My profile: Raluca Rebedea Zenga
RALUCA REBEDEA ZENGA
Current Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Gust pentru Orientalistica, Viata Nomada, ciocolata amaruie, Persoane Care Chiar Au Ceva de Spus, simtul umorului fara clisee, modestie si Tocuri bine infipte in pamant (o doza de realism!). Acest blog se vrea o arhiva a tuturor Lucrurilor Superficiale. Nu ascund ca se incearca de fapt o conciliere spumoasa, si de multe ori surprinzatoare, intre Material si Spiritual. Pasiune ingrijoratoare pentru shopping, moda, galceava pe tema celebritatilor, versus niscaiva granule de Introspectie, Zgandarit Teme Tabu si Explorat Taramuri Aparte!
Aici se discuta “dirty” si sofisticat, se citesc prea multe carti, se agita molecule, obsesii si implanturi. Nu e nevoie sa-mi trimiteti scrisorele de dragoste cu litere decupate din ziare, e suficient sa va inscrieti si puteti lasa direct comentarii la orice articol din blog.
Daca acest blog ar trebui sa aiba un miros, imaginati-va un amestec de esenta de vanilie, mina de creion chimic proaspat trecut prin ascutitoare, spuma de mare, nuci verzi si aroma de idei razlete. Daca ar trebui sa aiba un gust, ar fi intens si dulceag ca otetul balsamic! Lectura placuta!
Hello to everyone who stumbled upon my website. I’m Raluca Rebedea Zenga, welcome to my Superficial Playground.I’m a freelance journalist and aspiring writer, but also a mother. I love to experiment with words.The thing I feel most passionate about is the Orient, its culture, history and heritage; rich in colour and flavour, mesmerizing in scent and atmosphere. Wherever I found myself travelling or living, be it in Europe or elsewhere, I could not supress this continuous longing I felt deep in my heart for the Eastern horizons, from the Middle East to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. A flowing, irresistible attraction, a chills-bearing calling from within.
From an young age I devoured piles of books rooted in the Orient, speaking of its amazing history, of poetry and literature; then I pursued my studies at the University of Foreign Languages and Literature in Bucharest, the Arabic section. That was a time when I envisioned myself as having a career in diplomacy, working in one of the Romanian embassies around Asharq Al-Awsat (Middle East); either that or as a volunteer, joining a non-governmental organisation in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Those were my goals and my burning aspirations. The Orient has always provided the ideal scenery for my desire of escapism.
Life had other plans for me- while I was still a student I met the man who would become my husband, an Italian football personality: ex-goalkeeper and nowadays successful coach, Walter Zenga. We got married on 23rd May, 2005. Our family became complete with the birth of our daughter, Samira Valentina Zenga, arrived in this world on November 19th, 2009 (even her name is a tribute to the world I am drawn to as a point of origin, meaning faithful companion and story-teller in Arabic). I was fully commited to embrace the fact that my husband’s job will take us around the world, many times in a totally unpredictable way, in countries such as the USA, Serbia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In fact, we never want our adventure to stop. ‘Settling down’ just doesn’t have an appeal to us yet.
This blog is somehow supposed to be a reflection of all things that matter to me- my loving family and the way we roam and adapt anywhere, never ceasing to feel thrilled and excited about every new experience; the bountiful inspiration I get living a nomad’s existence, meeting new people, hearing their stories, blending in unexpected and forlorn landscapes. The further East, the better…
I do plan that at a certain point all my scattered thoughts will be pinned down in a wholesome book. As soon as I feel that my experience has become rounded, fleshy-full, plump with savoury details of what we’ve been through, ups and downs, triumphant victories or dismayed departures. Vivid, bitter-sweet memories of lost places, frettingly abandoned homes, friendships that we had to leave behind, the football world that can at times be glamorous, otherwise cruel and effacing.
Until then Superficiala is my collection of ‘writing bravery’. I am still looking to define my own writing manière, waiting for my pen to ‘ripen’. So far the feedback from my readers has been my greatest indulgence, motivating me to follow my dream, to keep trying and work hard in polishing my style, until less brassy and more golden! This blog isnt’t supposed to carry a scent, but if it did, if you could imagine entering a writer’s hidden lair, set in an exotic background: so I’m suggesting a mixed aroma of vanilla essence, freshly sharpened pencil, salty sea foam, green walnuts and crushed cardamom pods, as in Arabic tea. If I’d have to give it a taste, I’m naming the sweet and intense flavour of aceto balsamico, the darkly intense Italian vinegar.