The 7 Types of Romanians

Your biggest gripe is about the condition of the roads in Romania which are never fast enough or good enough. In your mind, development is identical to building roads. And the ultimate goal for the country is to “increase prosperity.” To that end, foreign investment, the IMF, World Bank, EU, and America are all “agents of good.”

It All Seems Just Like Yesterday

I’m not quite sure where I found this picture, but it’s stuck with me for the past few weeks. At first, it seems rather simple, but it reminds me of a lot of Romania’s recent history. Here’s the picture: There are several things to unpack here: The man in the photo is Nicolae Guta, a…

Dispatches From the Circumlocution Office

In the past two weeks, the government of Romania has threatened genocide against its own people, left the leader of Japan cooling his heels at a museum like an ordinary tourist, legalized corruption (once again), and seen the downfall of a second prime minister in less than a year. We’ll have to wait another week…

You Know You’re Romanian When…

…a foreign, drunken, philandering buffoon who cheated on his wife during their honeymoon and was best friends with a horrific pedophile is a better ambassador at promoting your country than your own idiotic and unnecessarily combative Minister of Tourism.

You Know You’re Romanian When…

…you openly admit your racism and prejudice against gypsies but your favorite radio station plays a certain Shakira song on regular rotation LOL.

You Know You’re Romanian When…

…you’re offended by beggars in the street but perfectly content to live in a nation that would collapse in five seconds without the financial handouts from international banks and organizations.

You Know You’re Romanian When…

…you never have to say you’re sorry because it’s always some unchangeable defect in society that is truly at fault, not something you personally did wrong.