A Romanian Christmas Carol

Well, folks, I’m still busier than a one-armed bricklayer in Baghdad, but I’ve always got time to share my favorite Romanian Christmas carol. Sung by Ștefan Hrușcă, Romania’s most famous singer of Christmas music, the song is titled Afară ninge liniştit or “Outside, the snow is quietly falling.” Simply beautiful! Words: Afară ninge liniştit, Şi-n…

The Odessa Tales, Pt. 2

Word Count: 2319 Well folks, it’s been an interesting week. A few simple comments about Odessa led to a lot of exploration and research, and so I thank everyone who contributed because it really gave me the impetus to learn a lot more about Romania during World War 2, a subject I had previously avoided…

Lay on, Macduff!

I have to admit that yesterday my curiosity was greatly piqued by the way certain information was transmitted. The big “super immunity” story, by which the Romanian Parliament re-classified themselves as private sector employees in order to escape jurisdiction by the anti-corruption agencies, was a hot topic all over Romanian media yesterday. What surprised me…

Fury Unleashed

I’ve got to be completely honest right upfront and admit that writing a lengthy article about the summer of 1941 here in Romania is probably about the worst mistake I’ve ever made here on the blog. For one thing, most people will find it boring and not even read it and secondly, those who do…

Die Stadt Bukarest ist von meinen Truppen besetzt

In working on my iPad book (which had some technical errors and needed to be re-submitted – should be ready soon!), I was reminded of the curious fact that Iaşi was the capital of all of Romania from 1916-1918. That’s an interesting piece of trivia but quite frankly I never knew why the government left…