Going Down?

The other day I was walking in town and I passed a billboard with some admonishments to passersby on how to stay healthy. One thing “fun” about Moldova is that a huge percentage of billboards are used by the government, governmental agencies, or foreign NGOs to broadcast helpful information. Not quite sure if that’s due to a lack of commercial customers for the billboard owners … Continue reading Going Down?

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 use bicycles to wend their way through the hairpin curves, … Continue reading Walking the Trans-Fagarasan

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 impressions of the country for years. Just today, I picked … Continue reading The Bucharest Jaywalking Scam

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, the cars in the background and other details like that. … Continue reading 66 Seconds