“Yesterday in the bus a man asked us where we are from. ‘Germany’, said my friend. ‘Germany? Aaa… eyn, tzway, dry, oufeederseyn!’, said the man, proud of his knowledge. ‘And you?’ ‘Romania.’ ‘Romania. hm. hmm…’ and then he suddenly smiled: ‘are you a vampire’?”
Indianapolis, Nov. 2008
This blog is about candid and biased information, impressions and experiences from people around the world about how Romania and Romanians [really] are.
Say you fell in love with a Romanian (girl, most probably), or saw some spectacular landscape pictures (like, for example, these), or read the Lonely Planet description of Romania as “the most interesting country in Europe” and decided to trawl the Net looking for more information. But alas, the only information you can find is either various sorts of negative news about, say, street dogs, or “propaganda” published by tourist agencies who have a vested interest in taking you for a ride (pun definitely intended), or some heavy-handed “facts and figures” description a la CIA factbook or Wikipedia.
We thought that’s not good enough, and got together to build these pages which present a light-hearted, opinionated, and (hopefully, at least sometimes) fun attempt at giving you a flavor of the nation. Participation highly encouraged and appreciated.
Oh, and that thing about vampires? It’s no joke, Romania does have evil, bloodsucking monsters. They are called politicians. But then again, every country has some of those.