The December 1, 2018 Parade in 3 GIFs

Instead of writing a lengthy piece about the bizarre military parade held in Bucharest on December 1, 2018, I thought I’d just show you what I saw. Note: All the images were taken from TVR’s live coverage of the event. I sure hope he didn’t bang his eye against the scope! Nothing says “peaceful democracy”…

International Women’s Day

As I’ve written about many times before, yesterday was March 8, otherwise known as International Women’s Day. Instead of my thoughts on the matter, today I’m linking to this wonderful post written by a woman who is working here in Moldova. She does an excellent job of describing what the holiday is like around here….

Martisor

Hope you all enjoyed the official first day is spring! :-)

Dragobete

Well, today is Dragobete, a holiday that kinda, sorta exists in Romania (and RM) and kinda not. If you read the English-language link above, you’ll get a nice clean story about how it’s sorta, kinda the local equivalent of Valentine’s Day and that Dragobete was the son of an important character in Romanian folklore. All…

Constantin Brancusi Day

At the end of 2015, Iohannis “Dirty” Klaus signed into law a bill that officially commemorates February 19 as Constantin Brancusi Day. Awesome! The guy truly was a talented artist and was seemingly born that way, as there are stories of him carving intricate things even as a young child. And, despite the fact that…

Here We Are, Me and You

Wow! We made it. Can you believe it? Sometimes it seems like the whole year slipped by in the blink of an eye. DJ, you want to cue us up a song? Ah, perfect! I’m currently investigating exactly what happened in Chisinau in 1919 (when (eastern) Moldova joined the union of (western) Moldova, Wallachia, and…

Mircea Geoana for President

Whew mercy, well I’ve just returned from the longest road trip of my entire life here in Romania, and that’s saying something ;) We left Unicorn City (Cluj-Napoca) on Monday evening, passed through Bucharest, shot up to Galati, spent part of the day there and then crossed through Braila and Constanta to get to the…

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…

Lazy Monday

Yes, folks today was an absolutely superb August day – really quiet, nobody working, streets mostly empty, the sun shining and lots of delicious warm temperatures. I’ve decided to add a new category of posts, called Video Zilei. This will be short clips of just “ordinary life” here in Romania for everyone to see. Nothing…

The First (of) More

Well now that my blog is over a year old, it had to happen – we’re back around to a holiday I’ve already written about. Today is a slightly cooler “First May” than in some previous years but it still looks to be a lovely day for a T-shirt, a picnic, a slice of onion…