After all the panic over maybe, kinda, sorta Russian “interference” in the upcoming Moldovan elections, you’d think a story like Romania interfering in Moldova’s elections would be huge news. But it wasn’t, of course, because it didn’t involve Russia.
Not only have I heard many, many people speaking Romanian in public in Pridnestrovie, I’ve also done it myself. Nearly one-third of the people who live in Transnistria speak the language, so I don’t know where this rumor came from, but it is a persistent one.
Congratulations Simona Halep, you were the one thing that all Romanians could be unabashedly proud about in 2018!
Your biggest gripe is about the condition of the roads in Romania which are never fast enough or good enough. In your mind, development is identical to building roads. And the ultimate goal for the country is to “increase prosperity.” To that end, foreign investment, the IMF, World Bank, EU, and America are all “agents of good.”
In the past two weeks, the government of Romania has threatened genocide against its own people, left the leader of Japan cooling his heels at a museum like an ordinary tourist, legalized corruption (once again), and seen the downfall of a second prime minister in less than a year. We’ll have to wait another week…
Romanian cuisine is hearty, flavorful, and heavily influenced by the peoples that the area has come into contact with. Major influences have come by way of the Ottoman Empire as well as the Greeks. For example, the Turks brought meatballs and meat filled cabbage rolls (“sarmale”) with them; whereas the Greeks came with the moussaka (“musaca”)….
Well, after owning a website named kingofromania dot com for seven long years, I couldn’t exactly ignore the passing of Romania’s fourth and final king, Mihai/Michael earlier this month. You can read a comprehensive obituary in English here and 96 facts about his life in Romanian aici, but I’ve been really hesitant to say anything…