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…