• What about Dracula? Romania’s Schizophrenic Dilemma

    Oct 30, 15 • BlogNo Comments
    What about Dracula? Romania’s Schizophrenic Dilemma

    Romania is best known to the world as Dracula’s country. But go there and ask about Dracula and you’ll be puzzled. The Count remained until very recently unknown in his own homeland. Romanian communists banned all vampire fiction until 1990. Even nowadays Romanians have a schizophrenic attitude towards Dracula. They are tempted to transform Dracula [&hellip...

  • The twilight of the traditional Romanian village

    Oct 27, 15 • Blog1 Comment
    The twilight of the traditional Romanian village

    I believe that this “voyage into the past” could have been Romania’s great touristic selling point. Not the Black Sea, not the little leaf logo for the Carpathians. Unfortunately, time has lost patience with the world of the genuine village. The avalanche of change is already rolling and it will sweep everything in its path. The proportions, rules and good taste specific to traditional rural architecture, costumes and habits have been decanted through the centuries. It is good that, for a few years now, people have been able to travel abroad and come back with money. It is a pity that they are embarrassed...

  • Thailand’s last true island

    Oct 19, 15 • BlogNo Comments
    Thailand’s last true island

    For tourists, tiny Bulone Lae (one of the 51 islands in the Tarutao National Marine Park) is a two-faced Ianus: one is the opulent one, with blinding white beaches, while the other is cheap, dark, rocky...

  • Grapes of Hope

    Oct 7, 15 • Blog, News and EventsNo Comments
    Grapes of Hope

    Much like a student who failed the subject for a century, Romania now rehearses the components of an equation which proved to be successful in the interwar period: favorable natural conditions + solid investment + legislative support + Western technology & knowhow = good wine...

  • ‘Who Were The Dacians?’: a book review by Marius-Constantin POPA

    Jun 30, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    ‘Who Were The Dacians?’:  a book review by Marius-Constantin POPA

    First of all, I have to admit that reading this book has enlightened me as concerns not only my past, but also the past of people to whom I belong. ...

  • Ambassador of Romania

    Apr 15, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Ambassador of Romania

    I realized that each of us is an ambassador of Romania. So why wouldn’t we try, dear Romanian friends, at home or when traveling abroad – to be good ambassadors? We and only we could change Romania’s image. What’s missing here, at least for the moment? Self-respect and respect for the other, patriotism and the courage to works and fulfill our dreams...

  • Our Polenta

    Apr 2, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Our Polenta

    Romanians define themselves as a polenta people and Romania is the land of polenta. Nowadays, this dish has become a national phrase, but it lacks a proper marketing to make it a successful commercial cooking brand, like the Hungarian goulash, the Bulgarian yogurt, the Turkish saslîk or even the Mexican tortillas, a simple baked corn cake, which is served with chili paste and burns the intestines of millions worldwide daily. From the traditional Romanian cookbook the polenta entered in the history and cultural anthropology book. ...


    Mar 12, 14 • BlogNo Comments

    A century old enigma solved. In 1908, professor Mina Minovici, the founder of the Forensic Institute in Bucharest, mummified the body of an old beggar. The mummy spent most of the following 95 years in a window case at the Institute. ...

  • ‘The Rise and Fall of Saxon Transylvania’: A Book Review by Marius-Constantin Popa

    Feb 28, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    ‘The Rise and Fall of Saxon Transylvania’: A Book Review by Marius-Constantin Popa

    Reading this book was a thrilling experience for me. It took me to those times when the Saxons came to Transylvania, settled and made progress there, as well as left that place for better destinations. Thus, the Saxons came to Transylvania without meaning to disturb the peace and quiet of those parts, but to establish themselves there on the chance of a better living standard. ...

  • Balan: A City At A Crossroads

    Feb 20, 14 • Good ReadsNo Comments
    Balan: A City At A Crossroads

    What Romanian miners do when their mine is closed down...