Transnistria FAQ

After my interesting adventure in Transnistria, I realized that basically, no one knows anything about this country. Excuse me, no one outside the Russian-speaking world. Therefore, I present to you the world’s very first FAQ page for Transnistria, the country that doesn’t exist, except, of course, that it does. Isn’t Transnistria a breakaway republic? Kinda…

A Slight Sting

The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine from Romania who recently visited the United States. Beyond all the pleasantries, I was shocked when my friend casually dropped a key piece of information that led me to scramble to my computer and start doing research. An hour or so later, I turned…

A day in Sighisoara, Romania

Originally posted on agirltravelstheglobe:
This past weekend my friends and I went on a spontaneous trip to the medieval Romanian town, Sighisoara. This town is truly magical and deserves to be considered of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. The cobblestone roads and the colorful buildings made me felt like a child walking through a…

BlaBlaCar in Romania

I was taking a leak on a train from Iași to Cluj when it dawned on me that there had to be a better way to travel long-distance across Romania.  The thought struck me then and there because, while one hand was busy aiming my Johnson roughly at the rim, the other was holding the sliding door…

A Secret Deal for Ukrainians to Enter Romania

I was trolling through Ukrainian media this morning when I found this. It’s a rather bland news report similar to this one in English: President Klaus Iohannis met on Saturday with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of the International Munich Security Conference, reiterating on the occasion the support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence…

Bigger Than Jesus

I’m always delighted to find a blog entry from yet another satisfied visitor and link to them frequently on the site. But this entry from some Europeans who visited Suceava and Cluj (as well as Chisinau!) made me laugh due to this: We discovered the biggest Stefan cel Mare monument ever seen on earth. There’s…

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…

6 Months in Moldova

Word Count: 2875 My goodness, where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that I was getting a police escort out of Romania. Can it really be possible that I’ve been in Moldova for six months? Well, of course, the answer is yes. And what a long, strange trip it’s been. I’ve been…

The Wheels on the Intercity Bus go Round and Round

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been riding a lot of inter city buses lately as well as speaking with fellow passengers who are “old hands” at the system. And I have to be quite frank – the inter-city bus system in Romania is pretty awful. The only bright spot is that there…

Proof of Civilization

I’m going to file this post under Poza Zilei (Picture of the day) because I’m going to write a much longer post in the near future on the subject but today’s photo was taken inside an intercity bus. This sign encapsulates the kind of hectoring attitude that is pretty prevalent in Romania, about which I’ve…