Proof of Civilization

I’m going to file this post under Poza Zilei (Picture of the day) because I’m going to write a much longer post in the near future on the subject but today’s photo was taken inside an intercity bus. This sign encapsulates the kind of hectoring attitude that is pretty prevalent in Romania, about which I’ve…

Acum Vorbim Frumos In Tara Asta

I had to bust out the first Scolding of Righteousness of the year yesterday. If you’ve never been to Romania before, I have to explain a certain concept that drives the mentality concerning consumer goods. Whenever you buy anything electronic here, expensive or not, Romanians universally insist on: Having the ability to plug in the…

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…