The King Is Dead! Long Live the King!

Well, after owning a website named kingofromania dot com for seven long years, I couldn’t exactly ignore the passing of Romania’s fourth and final king, Mihai/Michael earlier this month. You can read a comprehensive obituary in English here and 96 facts about his life in Romanian aici, but I’ve been really hesitant to say anything…

Second Only to Syria

One of the ongoing tragic results of bad governance in Romania is that millions of its citizens have left the country to find a better life elsewhere. According to this well-researched piece, Romania is now second only to Syria in terms of the percentage of citizens who are now living abroad. Considering that Syria is…

A million Changs to you all

A million thanks to all of you for an awesome first day of my Kickstarter Project. It’s been great seeing all the excitement (hey, I’m excited too) and the RT’s on Twitter and the shares on Facebook and messages and emails and all the rest. Amazing! The weather also turned golden here today and it…

Cine joaca sa traiasca

It’s confession time here at the OK Corral, in which slowly but surely I put more and more of my life “out there” for everyone to see. This very morning on a lovely spring day, I rode in a taxi across half the city. The traffic was so bad and the weather was so beautiful…

Fara Numar

If you speak Romanian, I heartily urge you to watch this video, probably my last appearance ever on Transilvania Live! because the network has been sold to the Digi Group and will likely be rebranded as Digi Cluj here in the very near future. If you’ve seen my dozens of other TV appearances, there’s nothing…

Utopia is no place at all

I’ve written about Misery Pimping many times and it’s definitely an issue that I struggle with. For years I’ve been good friends with a man who runs a charity here in Romania, an actual, genuine philanthropic foundation which works very hard to reduce the suffering of children and he and I have often discussed this…

Si habla Ud. español, por favor marca el numero dos

If you speak Romanian, you absolutely need to watch this video because for the first time ever, I can explain Project Iceberg. Yes! If you don’t speak Romanian, or not well, you can skip right to minute 7:00 and see a slice of the amazing adventures I’ve been having lately. The good news is that…

Food Not Bombs

As Project Iceberg continues to unfurl at a steady clip, I am continually finding myself in new and interesting places, meeting people that cheer my soul as I see them stand up and exercise their full rights as citizens in a democratic country instead of waiting around for politicians or the European Union to hand…

The Revolution Begins

Let me just say that this weekend was one of the best in my entire life, absolutely amazing, absolutely, stupendously wonderful and there will be lots and lots of details to come in my next post. I had not one but two video cameras recording everything as well as a camera taking (still) photographs so…

I Swear in the Days Still Left, We Will Walk in Fields of Gold

Here in Romania the days are becoming shorter and shorter, with the few hours of sunlight often deeply filtered by gray clouds and tempered by bitter cold. It’s not an easy time to be optimistic. But I am feeling really good. A number of projects that I’ve been working on in the background are, amazingly,…

Fear Itself

I got to tell you that beyond some personal projects (which are going smashingly well and more details on those soon when they’re 100% ready to be revealed) I have been increasingly devoting my time to two subjects: fear and poverty. The poverty angle I’ll leave for another time but today I will speak about…