Prince Nicholas, who will participate in the cycling tour “Childhood books on bicycle,” initiated by Curtea Veche Association, says in an interview to AGERPRES, that through this initiative he wants to draw the attention on a serious problem existing in Romania, the lack of education and illiteracy.
He confesses he also reads out loud in Romanian, to exercise the fluency of the language. Prince Nicholas speaks in his interview of the passion for adventure and travel books, the preference for the printed books, but also of the need for constant reading and the initiation of some projects aimed at educating children on the importance of sports.
Prince Nicholas will pedal over one thousand kilometres together with national cycling champion Alex Ciocan, within the charitable cycling tour “Childhood books on bicycle,” devoted to promote reading nationwide. The tour will be carried out in the period April 23 — May 3 and will cover 13 counties, from Sighetu Marmatiei to Constanta. All those wanting to pedal next to the Prince are invited to bid for the available places in the platoon or to freely join the welcoming events taking place in the cities of Sighetu Marmatiei, Dej, Cluj Napoca, Sibiu, Brasov, Sinaia, Bucharest, Calarasi, Constanta.
AGERPRES: What determined you to join the “Childhood Books on a Bicycle” project, initiated by Curtea Veche Association?
Prince Nicholas: I have chosen to get involved in this cycling tour we embark on from Sighetu Marmatiei to Constanta, together with Curtea Veche Association, to raise necessary funds for the charitable projects conducted by the Association and to disseminate the richness of knowledge through the stories of the books. Secondly, we wanted to raise the awareness of the public concerning a serious problem we have in Romania, nationwide: the lack of education and illiteracy. Thirdly, as obesity is another serious problem Romania is confronted with, we want to promote a healthier lifestyle for children, addressing their parents and teachers. I want to continue this initiative in the future, with new projects aimed at educating children concerning the importance of sports.
As coordinator of the Association, I proposed a fund raising event, more practical and new, different from the festivities and concerts we have gotten accustomed with in the area, and, at the same time, addressing everyone, regardless of age.
AGERPRES: Are you passionate about cycling? Since when?
Prince Nicholas: Before having a car, the bicycle was my main means of transportation, and it continued to be until June 2014, when, under a sponsorship, I received a Giant bicycle to train for the ‘Childhood books on bicycle’ tour. That was my first time in eight years that I rode a bicycle and also my first time to ride a professional bicycle.
AGERPRES: What do books, reading mean to you, Your Royal Highness?
Prince Nicholas: Books are a means of educating and broadening the personal horizon of knowledge; they are a door to another world that can be accessed by words and imagination. Books allow us to reach those parts of our imagination that are forbidden in the real world. Reading is important in order to develop the brain since a tender age, because reading allows us to analyse and process information, even if that happens differently for each of us.
AGERPRES: Do you remember the first book you were given as a present and who made the present? What was the first book you bought?
Prince Nicholas: I do not remember exactly what the first books I got were, but I remember that most of them contained adventures, journeys and, of course, cars.
AGERPRES: Which books do you prefer: scientific or fiction?
Prince Nicholas: I prefer adventure and travel books. I have read many books by Chris Bonington, who has climbed the Everest several times.
AGERPRES: Do you also read books in Romanian?
Prince Nicholas: I read out books in Romanian in order to exercise the fluency of my spoken Romanian and pronunciation. More…