Book review: In Europe’s Shadow, by Robert Kaplan

Amidst a sea of often wildly inaccurate and turgid rubbish churned out by hacks eager to make a quick few bob in the wake of Romania’s 1989 revolution, one of the few genuinely readable accounts of Romania at the time was that which appeared in Robert Kaplan’s excellent Balkan Ghosts. A sweeping tour of the… Continue reading Book review: In Europe’s Shadow, by Robert Kaplan

The Week in Bucharest Life

Joy unbounded in Bucharest this week at the news that Bogdan Diaconu (pictured above), formerly of the PSD and currently leader of a newly-founded political movement called the United Romania Party (PRU), would be standing for election as mayor of the Romanian capital. Furthermore, in a move reminiscent of the less-than-glorious 1930s, Diaconu also announced that he – along with… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

The Week in Bucharest Life

Bucharest was covered in snow last Sunday as winter finally arrived in the Romanian capital. Schools were closed on Monday but otherwise life went on: Bucharest is rather good at muddling through a bout of bad weather. With temperatures as low as we can ever remember them (on Thursday morning the car displayed -18.5C at… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

Quick one about the Crimea

Not a post which will win us many friends we fear, but then we are not in this to win friends… Anyway, here’s a question: If a majority of the people of the Crimea vote in a referendum to leave Ukraine (and either join Russia or become some kind of independent state) what exactly is… Continue reading Quick one about the Crimea

Our new favourite Romanian joke

It’s not a new joke of course, it’s been around for decades. But we only heard it just recently, courtesy of our father-in-law: Q: Știți cum se zice pe moldovenește ‘Războiul Stelelor’? A: ‘Gîlșava pi șer’. If you found that funny, you might like these t-shirts, which feature similar Moldavianisms, such as: If they ever… Continue reading Our new favourite Romanian joke