The Jewel of Bucovina

Word count: 1301 Last July after I was forcibly ejected from the country, I began a frantic and unplanned odyssey through Europe. Nonetheless, there was definitely one place I knew that I wanted to go – Cernauti (chair-na-ootz), the lost jewel in the crown of Romania. A long, long time ago, when everything was going…

Don’t follow leaders

As someone who maintains a site (nearly) exclusively focusing on Romania, it’s certainly incumbent upon me to mention that 2014 is a presidential election year in this country. After two turbulent 5-year terms in office, Basescu is required by law to step down this year. Who will replace him is anybody’s guess but yesterday I…

The Wheels on the Intercity Bus go Round and Round

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been riding a lot of inter city buses lately as well as speaking with fellow passengers who are “old hands” at the system. And I have to be quite frank – the inter-city bus system in Romania is pretty awful. The only bright spot is that there…

I Heart Sibiu

Wow! It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Sibiu but let me tell you, it is an amazing city that will blow you away with how nice and charming it is. The renovations that have taken place since 2007 are just phenomenal and it is easily one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. Not…