17 novembre 2014

A night we'll never forget - and the dawning of a brand new day

(Photo source: Romanian diaspora Munich prepared for a night in the cold) It's really something when the government of an EU member state that calls itself a democracy forces its diaspora to spend the entire night queueing in the cold (Munich: 4°C; London: 9°/rain) to be sure they'll not be denied their RIGHT to vote, but that's exactly what happened on Saturday night. Anyone saying "yeah, but they left", just remember where a LARGE percentage of Romania's GDP comes from (not to mention WHY the hell they left in the first place).... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:29 - Commentaires [6] - Permalien [#]
09 novembre 2014

A week on: protests, hope and determination

(Protest 8th Nov., Cluj - Photo: Andrei Avramescu) It's only been a week since the first round of Romania's presidential elections left so many of us gob-smacked. What an exceptional performance of PSD fraud, obstruction, illegality and merciless slaughtering of democracy it was. The last seven days have been a constant stream of the kind of stories one would expect to find in a predictable telenovelo with the most lamentable of scripts. I don't think I'll even bother to go into them since you must be as sick to death with the lack of... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:22 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
03 novembre 2014

Blatant attack on democracy: Romanian Embassy, Paris

Just back from the Romanian Embassy here in Paris on the eve of the country's Presidential Elections... I have to say that never, EVER did I imagine I would witness such a travesty of democracy with my own eyes. Having heard voting had stopped due to an absence of declaration forms to register, I printed out a bunch of them received from a FB friend in Bucharest thinking maybe it could help, and headed off to rue St Dominique to see what was going on. Arriving at around 20h, there were hundreds of people both in the street, the... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 00:43 - Commentaires [9] - Permalien [#]
26 octobre 2014

Demetrius of Thessaloniki

(Image source: Sfantul Dumitru by Romanian painter Gheorghe Tattarescu) Today, Orthodox Christians observing the Gregorian calendar celebrate the feast day of St Demetrius (see HERE for procession in Thessaloniki). One of the most important military saints often paired with Saint George, Demetrius is regarded as a protector of the young, the patron saint of crusades, is invoked by those struggling with lustful temptations and is also known for an impressive number of miracles. Our spelling of Demetrius (or less commonly Demetrios) is... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 12:11 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
08 octobre 2014

"What is the name of our country?" - a national tragedy in 3 minutes

(Photo source) In May this year, Razvan Anghelescu of Vax Populi ventured out into the Romanian countryside to ask people what planet we were on. I have to admit I often wonder about that myself, and a few of the responses he got were literally out of this world. An earlier video where people were quizzed on the name of Romania's national anthem was an eye-opener too - so much so that this time he probably thought he'd make his question a bit easier... Two days ago, he returned to the sticks with another conundrum: "What is the... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:26 - Commentaires [10] - Permalien [#]
03 octobre 2014

Victoria v Viktor & Victor

(Photo source) US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs Victoria Nuland gave a scathing speech from Washington today, criticising leaders in Central and Eastern Europe who take advantage of NATO and EU membership and 'ignore democratic values while protecting fellow corrupt politicians from being held accountable'. The speech coincides with one of Romania's most mind-boggling corruption scandals in modern history, the "Microsoft affair", involving at least nine former ministers as well as current Prime... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 20:05 - Commentaires [10] - Permalien [#]

20 septembre 2014

La Multi Ani Bucureşti, oraşul meu iubit

[Gheorghe Leahu: Popa Nan, source] In 1459, 555 years ago today, Bucharest first appeared in a written document. 555 years.... Bucharest became Romania's capital in 1862. This, from Wikipedia: "Its eclectic architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and Art Deco), Communist-era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city's elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris" (Micul Paris). Although many buildings and districts in... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 12:14 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
18 septembre 2014

Say NO to a church in Bucegi Natural Park!

(Photo source) The possible building of a church in Bucegi Natural Park, a protected zone, on 3000m2 of land 'donated' (note the inverted commas) by the Busteni Local Council in 2012, has caused massive public outcry - and rightly so. Zero public debate, zero respect for the opinion of the people of Busteni, and very little legality involved from what I've been told. PLEASE add your name to the online petition (don't forget to check your e-mail inbox or spam to confirm) of over 15,000 signatures and visit the FB page Spune NU... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:47 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
16 septembre 2014

Remus Pricopie: what the fox?!

(Image source) I didn't think a bloop from a Minister of Education could get much dafter than Marga's Transylvanian radiator, but yes... the current seat-holder, Remus Pricopie, has surpassed it, rewriting the founding legend of Rome. Before I go on, here's a little background: The statue of the Capitoline Wolf (Lupa Capitolina or Lupoaica, as she is now known) nurturing Romulus and Remus (see story HERE) was presented to Bucharest by the city of Rome in 1906 for the 'General Exhibition of Romania', held to mark three important... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:27 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
05 septembre 2014

A temple of mysteries & a monastery of flowers, Șinca Veche

50km from the city of Brașov at the foot of the Făgăraș Mountains lies a cave so steeped in mystery and strange phenomena that it is rather difficult to describe. The Rupestral Monastery of Șinca Veche (or The Temple of Șinca Veche), also known as 'The Temple of Fulfillment', 'The Temple of Wishes', 'The Temple of Fate', 'The Cave Monastery' or just plain 'Grotto', is a national monument and, on this very spot, the Divine Liturgy was served for almost a quarter of a millennium. Why so many names? Well, because nobody really knows when... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 18:47 - Commentaires [5] - Permalien [#]