Dispatches From the Circumlocution Office

In the past two weeks, the government of Romania has threatened genocide against its own people, left the leader of Japan cooling his heels at a museum like an ordinary tourist, legalized corruption (once again), and seen the downfall of a second prime minister in less than a year. We’ll have to wait another week…

A Lovely Day in Tiraspol

Last weekend, my wife and I decided to go visit Transnistria. Although I’ve been living in Moldova for a few years now, I just never found the time to go. While we had no idea what to expect, we were really pleased by our visit to this country. After our first bus suffered some kind…

The Book of Awesome

If you live in Ireland, you probably know who Diana Bunici is. If not, she’s a young woman from Moldova who emigrated to Ireland and became a popular host of a TV show for kids called “Elev8” (Elevate). In spring of 2015, she got a job for the Irish TV channel, working from London. Now,…

Romanians Biggest Foreign Population in Madrid

According to this Spanish-language article, Romanians are now the biggest foreign population in 12 out of the city’s 21 districts. Here’s the breakdown of the biggest foreign resident population by district: Center – Italian Arganzuela – Chinese Retiro – Romanian Salamanca – Italian Chamartin – Paraguayan Tetuan – Filipino Chamberi – Italian Fuencarral-Pardo – Romanian…

The Story of a Romanian Doctor in France

The issue of “brain drain”, or the smartest/best educated people leaving Romania has become a serious problem. In particular, many Romanian doctors are leaving their homeland for jobs abroad to earn far better day. This woman is one of the people who had to make that difficult choice: Changement d’idiome, de contrée, mais pas de…