The Stupid, It Pays Incredibly Well

Hey, want to make $3,000 for one day’s work? All you have to do is yourself in the head with a hammer a few times until you’re as stupid as Hannah Lucinda Smith.

Traditional Romanian Dishes Bucket List

Romanian cuisine is hearty, flavorful, and heavily influenced by the peoples that the area has come into contact with. Major influences have come by way of the Ottoman Empire as well as the Greeks. For example, the Turks brought meatballs and meat filled cabbage rolls (“sarmale”) with them; whereas the Greeks came with the moussaka (“musaca”)….

Off the Beaten Path

I think one of my favorite things about the Republic of Moldova is that it has the tiniest tourism sector of any country that I’ve been to in my entire life. It’s almost spooky how few “tourist attractions” there are or people who come here to see them. To give you an idea of the…

Mailbag

Ah yes, time to once again dip into the bizarre contents of the messages that I receive! Note: as per my privacy policy, the names of the innocent and not so innocent have been protected. Sam, you’re being paid by the Russian government to write pro-Russia articles! Really? That’s about the funniest comment I’ve received…

Abandonment Issues: Kornis Castle

Kornis Castle, located near the city of Dej, is my favorite abandoned Transylvanian castle to date, though that’s bound to change in the near future as the weather gets better.  It’s a bit removed from Dej itself, so if you arrive in the city by train or bus you should find some way to get to…

Do-It-Yourself Romania: Exploring Mines at Roșia Montană

Roșia Montană is a highly controversial, inactive gold mine in Transylvania’s Apuseni Mountains that’s been written about extensively over the years.  Sam has expounded quite a bit on the topic already, so rather than beat a dead horse, I’ll refer you to a few of his articles.  What little I can add to the palimpsest of Roșia…

Walking the Trans-Fagarasan

Romania gets plenty of positive press for its mountain road DN7C, more famously known as the unpronounceable (to English speakers) Transfagarasan highway that crosses over the southern Carpathian Mountains especially after the British show Top Gear named it the best road in the world in 2009. But while most people drive this magnificent road or…

The Case of the Frustrating Cases

If your native language is English, you’re almost hopelessly fucked when it comes to learning a foreign language. Basic English grammar is very simple, with no genders, no need for adjective/adverb matching, simple verbs, and no cases. At one time in the distant past, English was far more complex but was then simplified into its…