Widespread Apathy

Today the Eye brought me this report from the “Economist Intelligence Unit” (that’s really the name), a lot of jibber jabber about the economies of the “Balkans”, of which Romania is supposedly one (Hungary isn’t though). Click on the link to read the entire thing but you’ll be glad to know that the only reason…

Loony Gas

I love my life here in Romania and I love living in the centru of Cluj, with easy access to the park, the spacious plazas, the shops, the cafes, the heat, the light and the life of this vibrant city. But even though I don’t own a car, I am constantly plagued by them, probably…

Codependency

You know, I’ve been writing about tropes in Romania for a while in an effort to understand the mentality of the people in this country. Yesterday, a few unrelated events suddenly “clicked” something in my head and I had a blinding flash of insight. The first thing that happened was that I was watching the…

The Good Life

If you were walking down the street today in Cluj-Napoca, or any other city in Romania, you’d have no idea that it is “Black Friday”. Slowly but continuously ramped up over the past 20 years in America, the day after Thanksgiving (which is always on a Thursday) is often another day off of work for…

Knowing is half the battle

They say that sometimes when a thief is caught, a whole series of crimes gets solved at once (and it happens in real life more than you might think). Last night I was lying in bed reading when I suddenly came across a reference to Herodotus discussing Transoxiana and I let out a tremendous shout…