A Romanian Christmas Tale

Not that long ago, when some of our grandmothers and grandfathers were tiny children, most of Europe was controlled by one large royal family. One of those royals was born in Britain, speaking English, named Marie. She ended up marrying the German ruler of Romania at the time and, after his death, became queen in…

Word of the Day: Ajunul Craciunului

Certainly not a “slang” word but just one of those mysterious Romanian words with a shadowy and uncertain past, ajun simply means the day (or night) before an important event. In this case, Ajunul (“the day/night before”) Craciunului (“of the Christmas”) simply means the night/day before Christmas, or as it is said in English, Christmas…