When Is the Best Time to Visit Romania?

Romania is a country that I fell in love with more than 15 years ago, but it can be a little bit harder to enjoy in the depths of winter. If you’re coming to Romania for a visit, here are my top 5 months to visit (in order): May July June September August May Easily…

Beggar Thy Neighbor

Apologies for my lengthy absence, folks. It’s been hard fighting in front of keyboard burnout. But I was forced to rise from my blogging slumbers after reading what has to be the most racist anti-Moldovan article I’ve ever read in the Romanian press. Link is Romanian only, so you’ll just have to trust my summary…

¡Joe, Que Calo!

With the sun shining and temperatures soaring into the 30s everywhere across Romania, even getting to 33 here in the Ewok Village (Chisinau), I thought it was about time to discuss the weather. After all, schools are out and tourists are strapping on their backpacks and sandals to explore this wide old world, wanting to…

BBC Bucharest

I don’t talk about it too often but most of my long-time readers know that I have a special love for TV weather reports. Back when I lived in Cluj-Napoca, I had a better computer and so watched a lot of TV news feeds online but these days I rely on (free) satellite channels. I…

Merry Christmas!

I know it may seem strange to some but my all-time favorite television channel is the Weather Channel (in America). Sadly, there is no equivalent here in Europe so for my Christmas present to all of you, I decided to make one with all of the weather forecasts for today, December 25, 2013. In order:…

Sidewalk Socialism

A close examination of my life reveals that is fractally weird, meaning that it’s strange and inexplicable on every scale of resolution. I get asked quite often why I choose to live in Romania and the real secret is that this country is just as fractally weird as I am. Case in point is the…

Snow and Politics

Well as I’m sure you’ve heard, it’s been snowing lustily all over most parts of Romania, including here in magical Unicorn City, and looking out my window is now as pretty as a postcard. In fact, I believe it’s STILL snowing as I write this but because it’s the first snow of the season so…

First snow of the year!

Wow, awesome I just saw the first genuine snowflakes falling here in beautiful Unicorn City. The above video isn’t from today but from something I shot back on February 13 when everyone was talking about the “White Apocalypse” and freaking out about the snow. I know a lot of people don’t like snow or complain…

10 ways to stay cool when it’s hot outside

Well as I’ve mentioned, it’s already been one long hot summer and it looks like we’ve got a few more weeks to go before it cools down. So how does one stay cool when it’s plenty hot outside? One never knows, now does one? :P All kidding aside, I’ve lived all over the world, including…

The top end of gorgeous

I must say that here in Romania we are having one of the most beautiful summers ever. Winter here can be brutal, gray and dismal but it’s all worth it when you have these incredibly long days of clear sunny heat, hot without being overly brutal, and a refreshing breeze at night that is just…

Spring!

In my official capacity as King of All the Romanias, I hereby declare that today is the first day of spring. To wit I set forth my hand this day, the seventeenth of March two thousand and twelve. Now get off the computer and go outside! :)

It’s Just Code Orange, Not The Apocalypse

I got to tell you I really am starting to really become a fan of the new PDL/UDMR Superstar Cabinet of Ministers™. This morning I had to laugh as I saw Gabriel Berca, the new Interior Minister, blast a bunch of complaining politicians in a videoconference with them yesterday afternoon: Nu discutăm despre apocalipsă, ci…