I spoke with my Romanian colleague at work and she said that it is quite a normal thing for Romanian families to give money to those who have taken their child out. It is a way of acknowledging what you have done for the family. And on no account to return the money. In fact, she said not to even mention it.
She also said that when you at at the home of a Romanian person/family and you are offered a drink, you are expected to refuse. Then the host will offer again and you are expected to accept. She said she was horrified when she was visiting The Netherlands and was offered a drink, and in the tradition of her culture, she refused - and they didn't offer again. And she felt she couldn't ask, so ended up desperate of a cup of coffee!!
I love learning about these little cultural differences. Aren't we lucky to live in such an ethnically diverse country where we can lean all these nuances.
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