A Toddling Town in Transnistria

If you’ve only ever read negative things about this place, be prepared to disbelieve every word that follows, although I assure you that every word is entirely true.

What I Miss Most About Romania

The “Sit Around” was, in reality, a way for the whole village to come together and for young bachelors to look for a bride. Likewise, for the older members of the community, the “Sit Around” was a time to pass the time having fun, teaching the youth traditional skills and how to transform work into something that’s a pleasure.

Nasty Scenes

Time to take a brief break from all the happy stuff and talk about some real shit. Romanians like to have collective amnesia about their history and forget that beyond all the crazy Communist Ceausescu shit, there was also a “fun” period of fascism. Living here in Moldova, which skipped the fascist part and went…

True Love and Apple Pie

Word Count: 4625 Oh my lord, am I even still alive? Well, it appears I’m still breathing, which is a good thing :) A couple of weeks ago, a man named Bill Backer finally died, leading to a lot of sympathetic news coverage. I’ve made my sentiments on advertising men well-known over the years but…

All Hail Saint Laura

You know, about once a week I get some kind of offer to put ads on my blog, or sell something to foreigners/expats in Romania, or questions about how to do that sort of thing. And I always send ’em on over to Bucharest Life. In fact, even if you’re NOT trying to drive me…

Join our Global Village

For those of you who don’t know me well, my name is Sam, and I was born and mostly raised in the United States. Then about 15 years ago, I visited Romania, and quickly fell in love with the people, the land, the music, the food, and the culture. I then moved to Romania, and…

Crossfire

WORD COUNT: 2721 Well folks, this has been one of the most intense weekends of my (relatively) young life, and as per my wont, I find myself called to write on these pages. But before I begin, a word of caution. Look, I am an open-minded and tolerant person. I get a lot of flak…

Ograda, Ogradi, Life Goes On

WORD COUNT: 1122 Well my good and gentle readers, as you know from my last giant info piece/exposition dump, things are starting to look up for me at last. My apartment is certainly modest by many standards, but it is a thousand times better than the squalid hole I had to live in for months….

6 Months in Moldova

Word Count: 2875 My goodness, where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that I was getting a police escort out of Romania. Can it really be possible that I’ve been in Moldova for six months? Well, of course, the answer is yes. And what a long, strange trip it’s been. I’ve been…

66 Seconds

A few years ago, a friend of mine discovered an enormous cache of photographs of her family from the late 1960s and early 1970s. She was more interested in the people in the photographs but because I didn’t know most of them, what caught my eye was everything else, the hair styles, the clothing styles,…