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Interview with Maria & Alex Dobre

AISB Alumn Class of 2004
Maria & Alex Dobre
Maria & Alex Dobre

WM: What have you been doing since AISB?

AD: After graduating from AISB I decided to read history at University College London. The course focused on East European history, covering the 20th century developments in the region. After spending three colourful years in London, I had the opportunity to continue my studies at Oxford University, St. Antony's College. The picturesque Oxford atmosphere contrasted strongly with vibrant London. Meanwhile, my girlfriend Maria, decided to embark on a different course, enrolling at the prestigious culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. This decision brought us today in Paphos, Cyprus, where we have recently opened a new restaurant, Sunset Breeze. The restaurant uses only local and fresh ingredients. We are proud to say that we are one of the few restaurants on Aphrodite's island that make their own pasta, dips and desserts. As the name suggests, the restaurant is situated next to the sea shore, being separated from the Mediterranean by
a banana plantation, as it overlooks a beautiful afternoon sunset. 

WM: What was the key moment in your life when you realized what you want to do/what career to pursue? Who or what in uenced you to become who and what you are today? Explain AISB's part of it. 

AD: It is di cult to say when I decided to pursue this career. If someone would have asked me a few years ago, I would have probably said that journalism or a career in politics were the most probable outcomes. However, having visited Cyprus two years ago, I realised that waking up every morning overlooking the deep blue sea is one of the most amazing vistas. Consequently, we tried to focus our energy towards pursuing a career in hospitality. 

WM: Tell us a "crazy" AISB memory and name 3 AISB "partners in crime"

AD: I have to admit that I was quite the model student at AISB :). However, I remember back in 10th grade, the Personal Project presentations. Being a football fan, I focused my project on Steaua. The only issue was that the same day we had the presentations, Steaua was playing an important game in Bucharest. My 'partner in crime' was our beloved French teacher, Madame Paraschivescu. She helped me get the rst slot at the presentations and allowed me to leave immediately so that I could catch the game:)

WM: You have the chance to give advice to the current students. What would you say?

AD: Having studied abroad after AISB I have realised the importance of the International Baccalaureate. The curriculum is designed in such a manner that by the time you reach university, you are already prepared to tackle the initial challenges, such as writing a coherent essay or making a professional presentation. I would strongly advise current student to nd a balance between enjoying the high school years, while focusing on their studies.

WM: What do you think the AA's priorities should be? What AA activities would you like to see happening or attend?

AD: I believe that the alumni association should focus on improving the communication between alumni. A social media application that would connect all of us would be a great opportunity to exchange ideas, job o ers, thoughts or just memories. Also, personally, I would like the AA to organise a summer reunion in Cyprus, so that we can all enjoy a cocktail by the sea. 

Read the entire WORLD Magazine Summer 2013 edition here. 

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