Chasing Dracula, Part 79

Hey look, it’s yet another foreigner touring Romania in search of Dracula! After touring Sighisoara (where Vlad was born), they head to Bran (where Vlad never even visited): We were able to have a look around Bran castle aka Dracula’s Castle. In all honesty the castle has very little to do with the actual Dracula…

How a Minor Medieval Prince Became the Most Famous Killer in History

Word Count: 1689 In the ordinary course of things, one minor noble who struggled to hang onto his kingdom in the sparsely populated backwaters of an Eastern European principality in the Late Middle Ages would be familiar only to historians and antiquarians today. A prince who won and lost his throne three times and spent…

Reggae Dracula

The music of Bob Marley is very popular in this country. And that’s a wonderful tribute to the man but the sad fact remains that most Romanians know only a handful of his songs. They know those songs well but there are a lot of other awesome songs sung by Bob Marley (and the Wailers)…

Bonemian Rhapsody

You know it’s rather easy to mock Americans for their stupidity but at some point you have to have a little patience and understanding because little American kids are constantly being spammed by misinformation. Case in point is the map above, which incredibly wrong on so many levels. This is a screenshot from a 1984…

The real story of Vlad Dracula the Impaler

Working on something else at the moment but recorded this audio of me telling the true story of Vlad Dracula the Impaler If you can’t hear the file, the direct link can be found here (note: there are 10 seconds of silence at the beginning). Enjoy!

Steve Jobs vs. Vlad Tepes

Today in Romania, as in many countries (including Mexico), is the “Day of the Dead” or Ziua Mortilor. It tends to be a little more widely observed in Transylvania and the Banat due to the historical reign of the Hungarians as it originally comes from a Catholic holiday. Around these parts (Unicorn City aka Cluj-Napoca)…