Klaus Gets his Orders from the World Bank

Big smiles all around at the World Bank after a successful meeting in Bucharest yesterday: The World Bank’s status as an important partner to Romania was reiterated during the meeting, as well as the fact that Romania represents one of the World Bank’s most important partners in the region. Essentially, Klaus promised to sell off…

Choo-Choo! Riding the Rails Moldova Style

WORD COUNT: 1240 Ever since writing my seminal piece about riding Romanian trains five years ago (with many follow-up tales, like this one), I’ve been burning with desire to ride some trains in (the Republic of) Moldova. Luckily, this week, I finally got my chance! There are a lot of differences, the most important being…

Fun With Videos

Well as I mentioned last week, I now own a new computer. And I bought that computer specifically so I could do what I’ve wanted to do with editing and making videos. Below is a new clip I made for my favorite bar, using nothing but clips I filmed over three nights way back in…

Riding That Train

Throughout the year and half I’ve been writing on this blog, by far the most popular article I’ve ever written was Choo-choo! Riding the rails ROMANIA style about some of my adventures on CFR Romanian Railways. It was a lot of fun writing that piece but I assure you that it is only a fraction…

Playing in the Fountain

First of all, hello to all the new people visiting this site! We filmed 35 interviews yesterday and met lots of wonderful and interesting people with amazing things to say about this country. So if you’re checking this site out for the first time and looking to see yourself, be patient :) Those clips are…

Slang Word of the Day: Ioi!

Muchisimas gracias to commenter Andrei for reminding me of one of the funniest “slang” words in Romanian. The word is ioi, pronounced “yoy” as if it rhymed exactly with “toy”. This word apparently doesn’t exist in the DEX but I’ve seen Romanians debate its origin and exact meaning. Nonetheless, it is almost identical to another…

Another Satisfied Visitor

From here: Thanks so much, you live in an amazing & vibrant city. It’s been awesome and the people have been very kind to us. Cheers! Suck on it, haters ;)