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Instead of me constantly talking about Pridnestrovie, I thought it worthwhile to let all of you see the country.

A Boot Stamping

George Orwell once said: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on the human face, forever.” What does Orwell mean in this quote?

A Romanian Christmas Carol

Well, folks, I’m still busier than a one-armed bricklayer in Baghdad, but I’ve always got time to share my favorite Romanian Christmas carol. Sung by Ștefan Hrușcă, Romania’s most famous singer of Christmas music, the song is titled Afară ninge liniştit or “Outside, the snow is quietly falling.” Simply beautiful! Words: Afară ninge liniştit, Şi-n…

Race Baiting for Fun and Profit

Over the weekend, I had the misfortune of watching the (Romanian) internet blow up over a video posted on YouTube. Ostensibly, it shows a faceless Romanian man filming with a hidden camera as he tries to order some food at a Kaufland in the town of Odorheiu Secuiesc but get refused service because he didn’t…

Wedding Video

A million thanks to our friend Sam Son (cool name, eh?) for shooting and editing this video of the morning of our wedding. Honestly, I can’t even watch it again because it brings tears to my eyes. Enjoy!

Poza Zilei: Loose Change

I took this photo in Brasov earlier this week and it’s a real, working model although I didn’t play it. It gave me goose bumps to see it because it’s been many years since I’ve seen a Pac Man cabinet game like that and it brought up a lot of old, old memories. On the…

I Heart Sibiu

Wow! It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Sibiu but let me tell you, it is an amazing city that will blow you away with how nice and charming it is. The renovations that have taken place since 2007 are just phenomenal and it is easily one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. Not…

66 Seconds

A few years ago, a friend of mine discovered an enormous cache of photographs of her family from the late 1960s and early 1970s. She was more interested in the people in the photographs but because I didn’t know most of them, what caught my eye was everything else, the hair styles, the clothing styles,…

I Will Dance, I Will Sing and My Laugh Shall Be Gay

I don’t watch television but this clip came up on my radar. It’s Edmond Talmacean, a rather low-level PDL politician from Bucharest. Because it’s visual, a lot of American TV networks have been running the clip as well. What’s the big deal? And how did the Americans even find out about it? Oh my goodness,…