The 200 Lei Chisinau Challenge

Although the Republica of Moldova doesn’t draw too many tourists, there are still a non-trivial number of foreigners who manage to find their way to Chisinau for one reason or another. Therefore, if you’re reading this and you want to make some spending money while you’re in Chisinau, I hereby offer to pay you 200…

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…

What You Can Do When You’ve Overstayed Your Visa in Romania

As you know, I’ve been answering a lot of general interest questions on Quora lately, but I also get some questions that simply can’t be answered in that forum. If you’ve come to Romania and overstayed your visa, I’m going to tell you everything I know, but you must understand two very important things. One,…

When Is the Best Time to Visit Romania?

Romania is a country that I fell in love with more than 15 years ago, but it can be a little bit harder to enjoy in the depths of winter. If you’re coming to Romania for a visit, here are my top 5 months to visit (in order): May July June September August May Easily…

¡Joe, Que Calo!

With the sun shining and temperatures soaring into the 30s everywhere across Romania, even getting to 33 here in the Ewok Village (Chisinau), I thought it was about time to discuss the weather. After all, schools are out and tourists are strapping on their backpacks and sandals to explore this wide old world, wanting to…

Cops Arrest Tourists for Taking Selfies in Front of Klaus House

So far it’s only in Romanian, but two tourists were arrested in Sibiu yesterday for taking selfies on a public sidewalk near President Johannis Klaus’s house. My translation: A man and a woman were arrested and taken to the Sibiu Municipal Police station last night at 7:00pm by a team of gendarmes. The personal information…

The Bucharest Jaywalking Scam

Word Count: 803 Over the past month or so, the Unsleeping Eye has reported an uptick in foreigners being caught in a new Romanian scam. As far as I can tell, this is only happening in Bucharest, the chaotic near-lawless capital of Romania, where taxi drivers have single-handedly done their best to ruin foreigners’ first…