What I Miss Most About Romania

The “Sit Around” was, in reality, a way for the whole village to come together and for young bachelors to look for a bride. Likewise, for the older members of the community, the “Sit Around” was a time to pass the time having fun, teaching the youth traditional skills and how to transform work into something that’s a pleasure.

Roumanie, Le miracle des abeilles

Not quite sure exactly why but lately I’ve noticed a lot of cultural love coming from France and directed towards Romania. A case in point is the amazing show on France 2 channel where ER (UK: A&E) doctor Bernard Fontanille travels the world to meet healers who use traditional methods and medicine to treat people….

The Potter’s House – Maramures

I’ve always loved Maramures. Known in Romania as a kind of living museum that preserves much of the country’s traditional heritage, this blogger shares a number of photos of the work of Daniel Les, a potter who still makes art the old-fashioned way. If you’ve ever wanted to take a pottery class in Maramures, here’s…

Romanian Handicrafts: Gobelin

Two Romanian immigrants in Ohio (USA) are keeping alive the ancient art of fine needlepoint: Burtea, a Romanian immigrant who moved to the states in 1994, took up the craft as a teenager, alongside her mother Stela. – “It was in communist Romania, so you didn’t really have much distraction,” she told the Star Beacon…

Musețel, un minunat leac universal

They always say that the good die young, so you can be sure I’m going to make it to a ripe old age :P Picture above is a delightful chamomile (pt romani se zice kemomil) plant that I found growing spontaneously in my tiny garden. In all the years I’ve lived in Romania, I never…

Poza Zilei: Apa Sfintita

Above is the jug of holy water (apa sfintita) that I picked up on Friday. If you’re from North America, your first reaction is probably that it looks like a jug of maple syrup. No, in Romania this is how they distributed the holy water (by the truckload). The jug is a cheap plastic thing…

The Script

The other day, in talking with The Woman’s parents, they began to lecture me on how things were in the Communist days. Out of respect, I listened attentively and said nothing in disagreement. But the truth is that I’ve heard every word before (sometimes almost identically) from many other people, many times before. I’ve referred…

PCR

Sooner or later in Romania, someone is going to mention the concept of PCR (pay-chay-ray). But what is it? And what do those initials stand for? Actually they can stand for a lot of things, including Partidul Communist Roman or the Communist Party of Romania (of which I am the sole remaining official member). In…

Sunday Morning Coming Down

A few days ago, something tripped the electricity in my house and reset my radio, erasing all the pre-set stations. I decided to take this as a serendipitous moment and let my radio scan around for a while. I found a really nifty radio station which I think many of you may like, called Radio…

Imi Pare Rau Dar N-Ai Fost In Locul Meu

Based on my last post and several other blog entries I’ve found as well as actually running into a heck of a lot of tourists over the years, I can tell you I often see one thing in common. This is the encounter known as the “rude Romanian” or as I call it, One More…