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…

Dor Geta Popescu

I was browsing through this Argentinian daily when I read the most amazing piece of news: Una niña de 12 años de nacionalidad rumana hizo cumbre en la cima del cerro Aconcagua, en la provincia de Mendoza, y estableció así un nuevo récord mundial al convertirse en la persona más joven en lograr esa proeza….

Brave Romanian Police Kinda Sorta Stop Some Pickpockets

I was minding my own business this morning, reading through this French report about the police breaking up a ring of pickpockets when I noticed something odd. Apparently, a group of Gypsies has been begging and stealing (pickpocketing) passengers on French trains as well as visitors to Disneyland Paris. 11 people were arrested, six of…

Being Transgender in Romania

I’m not always a huge fan of the Huffington Post, but much props to them for this article about transgender people struggling to gain respect in Romania. Patrick’s good friend Sasha founded TRANSform, the first NGO to serve the needs of Romania’s transgender community, in 2013 (the same year they both started their HRT), with…

Interview with Diana Florina Cosmin

In case you’ve never heard of her, Diana Cosmin is the editor of the Romanian edition of Forbes magazine. Click here for an interview (in English) with her, as Diana enumerates 25 reasons why she’s so amazing and awesome. I remember interviewing a master-perfumer from Japan, 5 years ago, for Forbes. She was also a…

10 Artists Who Highlight Romania’s Budding Art Scene

Wow, this is pretty cool: Calling on artists, creators, and visionaries to submit their work, and become part of a movement to highlight the talent and colourfulness that exists in Romania’s art world, over 100 people applied to be part of the event and have their work shown. The whole thing is sponsored by a…

Inside the Fabulous Homes of “Gypsy Queens”

What happens when a foreign photographer who speaks no Romanian travels to the country and takes high-res photos of gypsy palaces? Pure comedy, of course, as well as some really nice pictures. Click on the link for the full experience. I guess Cuvelier never asked where all that fabulous wealth came from LOL

The Beatification of Laura Codruta Kovesi

Word Count: 2681 Over the past few days, I’ve been keeping a sharp eye on Victoria Nuland, the tip of the spear of America’s policy in this region. In her speech at the American Embassy on Monday (still not on the Embassy’s website), Nuland had plenty to say on a number of topics, including the…

2016 A Banner Year for Vosganian

If you’re in Paris today, you can meet Varujan Vosganian at the launch of the French translation of his novel, “The Book of Whispers”. The original Romanian version (Cartea Soaptelor) can be found here. I see that Vosganian was in Prague last week for the Czech language launch. I’ve seen Persian, Spanish, Armenian and German…