Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos

This morning, I woke up to see a very interesting Tweet come across my feed: 何でキリル文字???ソヴィエト時代に戻ったみたい!裏見たらTiraspolПриднестровьеPridnestrovieつまり沿ドニエストル共和国と日本語で紹介されてる、ロシアしか認めてない未承認国家の名前が!(≧∇≦) pic.twitter.com/5HIUGlo441 — 小林貴虎 (@eternalhigh) July 9, 2018 As you can see, it’s from someone in Japan, in this case, a man named Takatra Kobayashi who is a city councilor in a city named Tsu in Mie Prefecture. Somehow, he…

Wine Daze

Recently, a person whom I’ve known for many years asked me about why I haven’t included more entries in the “My Personal Life” category. What can I say? Sometimes, I honestly forget that anything I do might be of interest to anyone else. But since you asked, you shall receive! The Republic of Moldova is…

Sounds in the Cellar

Sadly, I’m far busier these days than I’d like to be, so I haven’t been able to write about the topics that are on my mind. Today, however, I thought I’d translate a news story from this part of the world just as a reminder that sometimes the big stories are informed by the little…

Moldova’s Underground 10K Race

Ask a random person around the world to sum up Romania in one word and you’ll hear something about vampires or Dracula. But ask the same about Moldova and you’ll hear about wine, and for good reason – Moldova is a huge exporter of wine and people here are quite proud about that. To truly…

Moldova Wine

Today I woke up to find that the Republic of Moldova has somehow joined the rest of Europe in being blanketed in snow. Some commenters have recently pointed out that, although I have lived in the Republic of Moldova for a long time now, I have yet to talk about RM’s most famous export. It…

Tuica, Palinca and Horinca

Although I have unabashedly written many times about tuica, it’s time to dedicate a whole post to it. I grew up in cities and to me, alcohol was something other people made in some far-off place and then bottled it and shipped it to a store for me to buy. How alcohol was made was…