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 use bicycles to wend their way through the hairpin curves, … Continue reading Walking the Trans-Fagarasan

A Land Without Junk Mail

Although I’m not a very conscientious adherent to the Tao, it must be said that some of the best things about life in Romania are what’s missing here. After watching a documentary about junk mail in Britain I was reminded that the problem is equally bad in the United States, Canada and many other countries. Known formally as advertising mail or “direct mail”, this is … Continue reading A Land Without Junk Mail

If I were the ambassador…

I have to admit that I was initially quite happily surprised to see the latest letter published in the Huffington Post (UK edition) from Doctor Ion “Two Sheeps” Jinga because I thought that perhaps the same ghost writer who recently wrote on behalf of Crin Antonescu had helped the good “doctor” sound somewhat intelligent and credible in his role as the official representative of Romania … Continue reading If I were the ambassador…