African Choppers

On December 19, 2018, when the “greed tax” was announced, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis went on TV and strongly criticized it.

But even though just the announcement of the new tax crashed the Romanian stock market and cratered the leu (the Romanian currency), that’s actually not what Iohannis was most concerned about.

Scared, Alone, and Paranoid in Transnistria

Last weekend, my wife and I decided to go visit Transnistria, the “country that doesn’t exist”, but, of course, very much does exist. But an unexpected burst of cold rain and a malfunctioning battery quickly turned our carefree day trip into something we could never have anticipated. This is a true story. Chisinau has several…

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…

Women and War

I’m currently restricted to prepay internet, which means that I pay for every byte, so I’ve spent a lot of time offline, plumbing the archives of my computer. As such, I’ve had the time and fortitude to re-read Herodotus, and it reminded me of the first time I went to Moldova. — As a brief…

Stinger

On Sunday (December 1- Romania’s National Day) I had a chance to do something I’ve never done before, which was to see the big “parade” here in town. I say “parade” with quote marks because it is nothing like any parade I’m used to back in America (or in other countries such as Spain and…