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…