Hitler’s Carrots

In my own personal life, for reasons that are valid for me alone, I have been a vegetarian for nigh on 20 years. I live in a part of the world where meat eating is almost mandatory, but I still manage to persevere. I never judge anyone else for what they eat, and I don’t…

Down From the High Castle

Without trying to be dramatic, the year from mid-2014 to mid-2015 was traumatic. Beyond just all the stress of being forced to leave my home in Romania, I also suffered financially.

Only allowed to take with me the belongings that I could carry, I had almost nothing. I sold my computer just to survive for a couple of months, and money was extremely tight for a long time.

Message in a Bottle

Hey folks, I know I haven’t been writing here on the blog much over the past six months or so, but that doesn’t mean I have been writing, including a whole lot of correspondence via email. Every week, I get several letters (via email) from people who want to learn more about Romania, or to…

Support the Writing You Love

I’m now accepting contributions to my Patreon page so that I can continue to tell stories about Romanian culture, music, news, history, food, and dance. If an independent and uncensored voice matters to you, please consider sponsoring me for $1 or more per month.

Hey, that’s cheaper than your favorite beverage!

Cat Pictures Time

Plenty of time (soon) for more substantial stuff, but I felt like sharing a few cat photos today.

Fericit și totuși frământat

Hey… How’s it going? Yes, I know. I’ve been gone a while. It’s a long story. Listen. Romania, I’m worried about you. I really am. I’m still over here in the Republic of Moldova, otherwise known as the Stefan cel Mare #1 Fan Club, but I’m worried. Everyone I know in Romania is feeling unsettled,…

Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos

This morning, I woke up to see a very interesting Tweet come across my feed: 何でキリル文字???ソヴィエト時代に戻ったみたい!裏見たらTiraspolПриднестровьеPridnestrovieつまり沿ドニエストル共和国と日本語で紹介されてる、ロシアしか認めてない未承認国家の名前が!(≧∇≦) pic.twitter.com/5HIUGlo441 — 小林貴虎 (@eternalhigh) July 9, 2018 As you can see, it’s from someone in Japan, in this case, a man named Takatra Kobayashi who is a city councilor in a city named Tsu in Mie Prefecture. Somehow, he…