Hey, Hey We’re the Romanians

Oh mercy. Oh no. This is something I’ve been putting off a long time but enough is enough. I’ve already talked about the dogs, the foreigners, the missionaries, the Aromanians, the gypsies, the Lipoveni, the Hungarians and the Germans. Now it’s time to talk about the Romanians. Since they compose roughly 90% of the population…

Rudeness

Although I’ve written about politeness and being on the receiving end of unexpected rude behavior, I thought I’d correlate all of this together in a more concise way. Over all the years I’ve lived here in Romania, traveling everywhere from Bucharest to living in a remote mountain village, I’ve been treated incredibly well. Yet often…

Zoso Vs. Let’s Do It Romania

If you’ve been reading my blog since April, you know I’ve been displaying a badge for Let’s Do It Romania in the sidebar, an advertisement for a nationwide event which will take place this Saturday. Simply put, it’s going to be a single day in which close to 60,000 volunteers are going to pick up…

Playing the Change Game

Adapted from an article I wrote two years ago, here for your erudition: When you first come to Romania, you will inevitably be invited to play a game. The invitation will come unannounced and you will have no choice about whether to play unless you are quite prepared. The game’s rules are not enshrined in…

Oh my word… read this!

From here: The Romanian’s approach to tourism is all wrong. I’m not just referring to expensive and absurd efforts carried out by successive minister’s of tourism (I still remember Spagathon and his palm trees), but even at the local level people don’t seem to understand what is required. And this: Many of these individual “travelers”…

The Scolding of Righteousness

As I mentioned in my post about how I learned to speak Romanian, there exists something in this country which I call the Righteous Scolding, known in some parts as the Scolding of Righteousness. I got to bust out a good Scolding of Righteousness yesterday and I’m about to pitch a big one on Monday…