En Garde, IMF!

It’s no secret that I have almost zero respect for Romanian journalists and bloggers. But I am starting to get a serious writer crush on Moldovan journalist Vitalie Calugareanu, who has been writing (literally!) the only decent analysis I’ve seen anywhere in the Romanian language on what’s going on in the Republic of Moldova. Because…

Klaus Gets his Orders from the World Bank

Big smiles all around at the World Bank after a successful meeting in Bucharest yesterday: The World Bank’s status as an important partner to Romania was reiterated during the meeting, as well as the fact that Romania represents one of the World Bank’s most important partners in the region. Essentially, Klaus promised to sell off…

And to Think That I Saw It on Lombard Street

WORD COUNT: 1259 Hey, who wants to hear about something other than my pending nuptials? Cool. Me too, so let’s do it! :D I took this photograph a few months ago deep in the heart of the Ewok Village in which I live, known to Google Maps and government folks as Chisinau. The picture makes…

How To Budget Your Money

Yesterday I was perusing books in a local store and came across an old “classic” in business literature that I’d read years ago (in English). The central idea on the back of the book was “if you haven’t learned about how to handle money, then how are you going to know how to handle money?”…

Money Talk

Just a brief note on this one topic because I see it get mangled over and over. In the Romanian language, money (banii – bawnee) is always a plural word with normal plural declensions and is not a singular word as it is in English in most cases. Watch: Banii vorbesc – Literally “money(s) talk”…