Safe for Kids!

A good ol’ American dad with his two cornfed boys visited Tiraspol and Bender… and had a wonderful time.

The Curious Case of the Chisinau Mayoral Race

On May 20, 2018, voters in Chisinau headed to the polls for the first round of what was a very low-key and boring election. Since 2007, Chisinau has been run like a personal fiefdom by Dorin Chirtoaca, a close personal friend of former Romanian President Traian Basescu. Chirtoaca was re-elected in 2015 and should still…

The Great Liberators

Every capital city has its secrets, but Bucharest has a couple of unusual ones. One of them is this monument, currently located in the downtown Cismigiu Park. To understand why it’s there, we have to go back to the dark days of World War 2. Operation Tidal Wave As I’ve written about before, one of…

Davai Ceas, Davai Palton

In case you’re wondering how Klaus Iohannis spent July 4, 2017, it was on stage with the American ambassador and a squad of US Marines, saying things like this. My translation: In terms of the military nature relationship, which is excellent, as well as our relationship with NATO, the United States is the primary guarantor…

You (Don’t) Get What You’re Paying For

When it comes to being an American ally, you never get rewarded for doing the right thing. After compiling a lengthy list of what Romania has done to try and get on America’s Visa Waiver Program, I realized that I needed to produce something a bit more visual. Therefore, here’s a graphic that anyone can…

USA + RM = BFF 4EVR!!!

Awww, isn’t that sweet? The American embassy in Moldova hung a little corny sign written in Comic Sans font to say how much they “love” Moldova. In fact, they love Moldova so much that they’re sending in the military: Seventeen generals and admirals and one civilian member of the senior executive service from the Department…

Romanian Senators Report to Master

It’s long since been established that every major politician in Romania regularly gives a detailed report to the American Embassy about everything that’s going on in the country. Yesterday, the Romanian Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee gave their report (link in Romanian) to their overlord Hans Klemm, the American Ambassador. For the record, the Senators who…

The Beatification of Laura Codruta Kovesi

Word Count: 2681 Over the past few days, I’ve been keeping a sharp eye on Victoria Nuland, the tip of the spear of America’s policy in this region. In her speech at the American Embassy on Monday (still not on the Embassy’s website), Nuland had plenty to say on a number of topics, including the…

The Price of Holy Matrimony

Here on the blog, as well as on other fora, I see there’s been some confusion about the monetary cost of getting married in Moldova. Since I’m going through the process right now, I thought I’d drop a little knowledge on the subject. Moldova The total and complete cost of getting married in the Republic…

Losing Our Religion

A couple of days ago, I received a very nice email from one of the editors of WordPress, informing me that my post about Jamie Oliver was going to be featured on their front page. As a result, my post generated a lot of comments and other feedback. I think that merits a follow-up post…

Another Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun or fester like a sore, and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat or crust and sugar over, like a syrupy sweet? —Langston Hughes Five days ago, there was a surge of joy in Romania after the website…