Message in a Bottle

Hey folks, I know I haven’t been writing here on the blog much over the past six months or so, but that doesn’t mean I have been writing, including a whole lot of correspondence via email. Every week, I get several letters (via email) from people who want to learn more about Romania, or to…

Mailbag

Well folks, the gods of money and free time have finally collaborated to give your Dear Author a free moment to address the mounting pile of correspondence sitting on his virtual desk. Sound good? Cool, let’s dive right in! FUCK OFF, spies like YOU! Swear to god, this is a real email I received from…

Mailbag

Ah yes, time to once again dip into the bizarre contents of the messages that I receive! Note: as per my privacy policy, the names of the innocent and not so innocent have been protected. Sam, you’re being paid by the Russian government to write pro-Russia articles! Really? That’s about the funniest comment I’ve received…

Mailbag

Hey kids, time for a Dragobete themed mailbag, even though not a single person mentioned the holiday to me today. Ah well, what can you do? Hey Sam, will you link to my bullshit 100 word article on your website? Sure, if it’s good, or has something useful or relevant to it. Or if it…

Mailbag

Well this is obviously spam but I had to laugh when Google let this one through.  Guess all my Russian queries screwed up their filter? Dunno. Enjoy! Hello Im Olga. How your day? I look for a human of your country. I lovely you profile very much. Iam from Russland. If you like my photo,…

Stern Looks

Hey folks, much apologies for my extended absence. I promise I’m still alive ;) Everyone’s been asking me about my “honeymoon”, but in reality it’s been one long hard slog. Don’t get me wrong, married life is great, it’s just there’s a lot of work to be done so this past month has been a…

Him se yldesta andswarode, “Werodes Wisa, Wordhord Onleac”

WORD COUNT: 5405 Ah yes, my deepest apologies, folks, as I know I have for true been gone a great many days and forsaken some of my deepest and most loyal readers and supporters. The short truth is that I’ve just now survived a year of real challenges since I got the old boot from…

Mailbag

WORD COUNT: 2162 Well kids, the ol’ virtual mailbag is getting full of unanswered messages, so let’s dump out the sack and see what we got inside. Yay! Hey Sam, why do all your recent posts have a word count at the top? Well, as much as I love WordPress (the people who run the…

Saudade

I get some mighty strange emails sometimes, even including the odd spam in the Romanian language, but today I got an unusual missive. It was one of those “chain” emails, where someone forwards it to someone else and then they forward it to someone else and then they forward it to you. I certainly get…

Mailbag

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but I’m always getting messages, emails, comments and other forms of communication, so time to address them! Sam, I really like what you said/did/wrote this one time about this one thing. Glad to hear it! It’s always nice to know something I said/did/wrote had…

Mailbag

Well folks I got about a million things on deck, including some very exciting (and positive) stuff, but first just wanted to share a lovely message I got the other day: Buno Ziwa! I just want to say thank you, I very much enjoyed your book and found it very helpful. We will be headed…

Mailbag

@lifeinromania Just about finished with your book. SO helpful for my trip to Romania with my bf in July to meet his fam. Thank you! — Whitney (@whitpopa) May 31, 2013 Awesome! So glad to receive these messages. If you’d like to drop me a line, you can find me on Twitter or else email…