The Ballad of the Budget of Marisel

Word Count: 2348 You cannot even imagine how excited I was to read this: A programme launched by the finance ministry on Friday now makes available monthly budget execution data for the country’s roughly 17,720 state institutions, including parliament, ministries, city halls, schools and hospitals. . “Any citizen, company and taxpayer can now see how…

Yupi! I’m Getting Married!!!!

Guess what? I’m getting married! Yaaaaaaaah!! If you live in Romania, open your window because you can probably hear me screaming with happiness all the way from here :PPP Honestly, I never thought it would ever happen. I’ve had some wonderful adventures, and shared my life with many wonderful people, and fell in love many…

The Best Wedding Photographer in the World

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to the most talented photographic artist I have ever known. His name is Sebastian Bratescu and this is his website. I met Sebastian, or “Sebi” as he is known, in Romania back in 2008, and we rapidly became good friends. He has near genius-level skills at…

Another 10 Reasons Why Moldova is Awesome

I will always love the nation of Romania but now my journeys have taken me to the Republic of Moldova. This country is often given short shrift, especially by Romanians, as a smaller, more “inferior” nation. My natural spirit is to look on the positive side, so what follows are another 10 reasons why I…

10 Reasons Why Moldova is Awesome

I will always love Romania but now my journeys have taken me to the Republic of Moldova. This country is often given short shrift, especially by Romanians, as a smaller, more “inferior” nation. My natural spirit is to look on the positive side, so what follows are 10 reasons why I am enjoying my new…

La Noi Ca La Nimeni

Wow! I know technically it’s a violation of Romanian Cultural Law to even say this but the truth is I had a wonderful time in Bucharest. Walked off the plane and there was someone right there waiting for me, holding up a sign that said “Sam Cel Roman”. If that isn’t the coolest thing, I…

Sweet Llamas of the Bahamas!

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe this is the very first independent review of this blog ever! Dulce-i vinul: Recently, I came across a new blog that is virtually the cultural equivalent of Filius Lunae’s raw linguistics focus for Romanian: I’m more Romanian than Thou. The blog’s author, Sam, is an American who moved to Romania,…

Slang Word of the Day: Fain

Sometimes words in Romanian are right on the cusp between slang and “standard” use, a blend between being considered informal, perhaps even vulgar use and an ordinary, common word. You wouldn’t use these words in a job application but it wouldn’t shock your grandmother to say them. One such adjective is the Romanian word fain,…

Slang Word of the Day: Tare

If you’ve carefully read over the sidebar of my blog, you’ll notice that there’s a phrase “Cel Mai Tare Din Blogging Parcare”, which comes from a memory I have years ago. I was listening to the radio (trying to learn Romanian) when I heard an advertisement for some contest where the grand prize was a…

3 Cheers for Let’s Do It Romania!

As promised in my post on Zoso vs. Lets Do It Romania, the Woman and I most definitely participated yesterday and it went over simply fabulously. I had to laugh like a loon because the people we went cleaning with started mocking Romanians who think like Zoso. Hey, they brought it up spontaneously, I swear!…