Romania’s Children the Happiest in the World

Shame on me, of course, for linking to The Daily Mail, but I do find it interesting that Romanian children ranked highest (out of 16 countries worldwide) as the “happiest”. Far more significant (to me) is that Romanian children also ranked highest in terms of satisfaction in the way they look. One of the saddest…

For Once, I Almost Agree With the Romanian Gov’t

Is illegal logging a huge problem in Romania? Why, yes it really is, with experts estimating that more than half of all logging in Romania is illegal. So you’d think I’d be quite supportive of this measure: Romania has toughened its legislation in order to protect its natural resources by defining illegal logging – but…

Using Art to Address Problems

As the photo suggests, Romanian artists are tackling problems “head on”: Today, artists such as ColectivA, Maria Draghici, h.arta, David Schwartz, studioBASAR and Ioana Păun are engaging with these complexities in their work, subverting systems of control or criticising harmful government policies while drawing on modes of resistance to oppression in Romania’s past. Quite interesting,…

Throw Transport down the well!

I’m always looking out for the perfect article to describe Romania and this is it, courtesy of Gandul. Back in January of this year, it snowed. Considering that we’re in the northern hemisphere and that January is in the middle of winter, snowfalls are quite ordinary. It snowed particularly hard in Romania’s southeast, especially in…

Mr. Saxo Beat

Well I imagine you’ve heard by now that the singer Alexandra Stan was savagely beaten by her boyfriend a few days ago, landing her in the hospital. The English-language reports decline to show the graphic photos and videos of the injured Alexandra, which are quite disturbing. I happen to follow her on Twitter and saw…

The Curious Case of Rosia Montana

It’s an interesting commentary on my work here on this website that for nearly three years I’ve written about everything Romanian from the smallest thing to the biggest thing and yet I’ve never once mentioned Rosia Montana and yet no one has ever asked me why. If you’re just getting to know Romania, the struggle…