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…

The Many Faces of ING

I keep being surprised (and slightly puzzled) that certain foreigners genuinely want to learn Romanian. Obviously it’s good to know how to ask for directions or count numbers but some people I meet want to take it to the next level and actually have a conversation. In my unofficial role as “Dat Engrish Speaker Who…

Book Sale!

In case you’re wondering, that’s not my beautiful hand in the picture. A reader and a fan sent that in after buying and enjoying my book. If you live in Romania I’ve got some very good news. Someone put in a large order of books and then changed their mind so now I’ve got a…

Why We Come to Romania

Yesterday I was interviewed by a local TV station (NCN in Cluj – I’ll post the video when I have it) about me, my book and my life here. And they asked me the same question I always get asked, which is why choose Romania? I certainly understand that question. Romanians have been raised from…