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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Our Historic Christmas in Italy - END of Romania's Communist Dictator

As most of you know, we lived and worked about one year in Italy.
That also included one Christmas...
Watching TV on Christmas day, in Italian and also in Romanian, which I understand for about 60% since it is one of the Roman languages.
 old Romanian: 'NIMIC FARA DUMNEDEU'

On December 22, 1989 the Romanian Revolution had started.
On December 25, 1989 the communist dictator from Romania got executed together with his wife...
Execution of Romanian Dictator Ceausescu and his wife Elena on Christmas day 1989 click on link.
Quite shocking to see this unfold on TV on Christmas Day! 
Read more about Romania by clicking this link.
Still former Communists dominated the country till 1996...
The place where both got executed is now a national museum and you can see photos here.
We've never been to Romania yet...

We didn't study politics, but traveling and working almost all over the globe, we have seen too much of the negative impact on the population as a result of communism and socialism. 
Almost all over the globe and including our then neighboring countries close to Italy, like Slovenia where our First Lady Melania is born.
In my work in Italy, I've trained several women from Slovenia who fled before the breakup of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 
We both lived in the Province of Treviso, near Venice, Italy.
Our cars did arrive per container from the USA, in the harbor of Trieste, which is right on the border with Slovenia.
We had to go there, to pick them up and driving both cars home.
Our First Lady Melania Trump is born in Novo Mesto, not far from Trieste.
Melania did grow up in Sevnica, which is only 2 hours and 15 minutes away from Trieste!
San Lorenzo in Raka, Slovenia where First Lady Melania got baptized
Melania Trump was baptized Catholic, confirms Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rodé click on link.
In an interview by Larry King in 2005 Melania is saying that she left Slovenia 15 years ago, so that means she left in 1990. We left Italy in January of 1990,
Click here and go to minute 12:37 where she starts saying this.
Husband Pieter and I can only admire our First Lady Melania Trump, for having come from such a difficult, communist environment and yet, having made it to Milan, Italy and later to Paris, France before coming to New York, USA while being a super model.
Now she is our classy and elegant First Lady!

On Thursday, August 3 of 1995, we had a Slovenian and Romanian Wrestling Team practice in our town of Dublin, Georgia/USA for the Olympics that were held in Atlanta.
Our local Chamber of Commerce called me to ask if I knew Slovenian or Romanian. No I said but I sure can understand Romanian and if I speak slowly Italian, we can communicate. That's what we did over supper and those men had an entire wish list for their girlfriends that I could translate into English and also point them to the right store for obtaining... They were very happy and we felt good as well.

Both of us also have visited another communist country, Hungary and we have seen with our own eyes the impoverished people's suffering.

We only pray that more and more people in this world, still under communist rule, will get to experience their FREEDOM.
God forbid that our own USA is going the Socialist route...
We both have come a long way for escaping its vicinity and at times it looks like we're heading right into it!

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  1. Liebe Mariette,

    herzlichen Dank für deinen schönen Post.
    Alles Liebe

    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Es war aber kein schöner Post... nur der Gedanke an eine sehr grausame Erinnerung in unsere Geschichte.
      Liebe Grüße,

  2. Esta é uma zona da Europa muito bonita, aproveito para desejar a continuação de umas Boas Festas. 🎄

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

    1. Querido Francisco Manuel,
      Mas isto não se trata de área bonita mas sobre o destino do seu povo sob o comunismo...
      Além disso, Natal aqui nos EUA só é observada por um dia!braços,

  3. Hello Mariette, In the U.S., we can hear many stories from new arrivals who have escaped repressive countries. I would hope that we may learn from their lessons and value freedom more than ever, but I share your worries about the direction that some want our country to be heading towards.

    1. Dearest Jim,
      You are absolutely right about that but the majority of people in general is not much interested in history, nor in the real-life stories of those that can tell them. May God protect us from ever going that way! Just like the blazon of the Royal house of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen in Romania before WWII reads: NOTHING WITHOUT GOD...

  4. Unfortunately, my country is heading in the wrong direction, just like yours. Unfortunately, we have bad leaders who lie, cheat and buy votes for the next election. Unfortunately, a lot of Poles believe them :( My Saints with children, granddaughters and sister were calm. Regards.

    1. Dearest Giga,
      It indeed is unfortunately and especially the younger generation is most vulnerable to the change as it mostly will affect them in the future! Just look at Venezuela, husband Pieter has visited there some 40 years ago, beautiful country then but no more...
      Sending you hugs,

  5. Politics must be the biggest force to affect people. Rulers are talented to get people's reputation and use their complaints for his purpose. We might wake up to find that we have destroyed our happiness by supporting them in giant power in the future.
    ps. I clicked "unsubscribe" below in your email by mistake few days ago. I wish there is no problem.

    1. Dearest RTC.,
      Yes they are the biggest force and often they affect people in a very drastic and negative way.
      Let's pray that it will not happen that we the people destroy our happiness... Especially for the young(er) generation this is so important!
      Obviously there is no problem with your 'wrong' click. Don't worry!

  6. I watched the sentencing of the Ceaușescus over and over on TV that Christmas - like it was on instant replay. Then they were escorted out of the courtroom and you could hear shots being fired. I had never seen anything like that before. Trial, sentence, and gunfire. It seemed unbelievable that could happen. Then later all the publicity about all the babies just lying in cribs with no human contact. Truly, truth is stranger than fiction.

    1. Dearest Unknown,
      Yes, it is a sad historic fact that Ceaușescu was a brutal dictator that caused a lot of suffering...
      May people learn from history!

  7. Ricordo bene l'esecuzione di Ceausesku e di sua moglie,è stata una cosa orrenda!Lady Melania mi piace molto,ha insegnato la lingua slovena al figlio Barron.Buona serata OLga

    1. Cara Olga,
      Non dimenticheremo mai quel giorno... desiderano che i liberali capissero meglio la vita e la paura sotto il comunismo! Per quanto riguarda la nostra First Lady, è una persona così elegante, intelligente e gentile; un vero modello di ruolo. I media tradizionali la odiano, ma la gente la ama! Speriamo che Dio veglia sugli Stati Uniti e sul mondo e metta fine alla corruzione del Profondo Stato e dia di nuovo al popolo la pace.


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