The King Is Dead! Long Live the King!

Well, after owning a website named kingofromania dot com for seven long years, I couldn’t exactly ignore the passing of Romania’s fourth and final king, Mihai/Michael earlier this month. You can read a comprehensive obituary in English here and 96 facts about his life in Romanian aici, but I’ve been really hesitant to say anything…

A Romanian Christmas Carol

Well, folks, I’m still busier than a one-armed bricklayer in Baghdad, but I’ve always got time to share my favorite Romanian Christmas carol. Sung by Ștefan Hrușcă, Romania’s most famous singer of Christmas music, the song is titled Afară ninge liniştit or “Outside, the snow is quietly falling.” Simply beautiful! Words: Afară ninge liniştit, Şi-n…

A Mural for Vadim Krasnoselsky

A few weeks ago, I was out walking the dog early in the morning when I caught a “tagger” painting his logo on my neighbor’s house. Tagging is when young men use spray paint to plaster their logo or name (called their “tag”) on public buildings, including people’s houses. I didn’t make a scene because…