Off the Beaten Path

I think one of my favorite things about the Republic of Moldova is that it has the tiniest tourism sector of any country that I’ve been to in my entire life. It’s almost spooky how few “tourist attractions” there are or people who come here to see them. To give you an idea of the…

No Education Necessary

I had to laugh when the Unsleeping Eye brought me this little ad from a country 10,000 kilometers away from Moldova: But the more I looked at it, the sadder I got, especially when reading “peaceful environment.” There are a lot of really terrible places to live in this world, and that includes the bigger…

Wal-Mart vs. the Chisinau Central Market

Some people *ahem* have been saying it’s been a while since I wrote a “fun” one for this site. Ahem. This is for you. I’m down to only three visits a week these days, but there was a time not too long ago when I was going to the piata in Chisinau five times a…

Beggar Thy Neighbor

Apologies for my lengthy absence, folks. It’s been hard fighting in front of keyboard burnout. But I was forced to rise from my blogging slumbers after reading what has to be the most racist anti-Moldovan article I’ve ever read in the Romanian press. Link is Romanian only, so you’ll just have to trust my summary…

Pavel Filip Blowing Smoke Up Everybody’s Ass

No, I am not indulging in my usual hyperbole. Today’s analysis comes from Deutsche Welle (link in Romanian), German state media. On Tuesday, RM Prime Minister Filip “Mr. Midnight” Pavel gave a press conference saying that Moldova is 63% on track in terms of specific requirements that the Association Agreement requires for RM and that…