These Romanians are crazy

Romania. Lovely and yet pretty crazy.
The ‘clever people’ of the Romanian government made a new transportation plan for the country. The Sibiu-Pitesti highway has been canceled. Instead, the route will be: Bucharest - Ploiesti - Brasov - Sibiu. Well, that would be good enough, for now… 
In addition, they have planned highways from Pitesti to Craiova (okay, certainly for Oltenia, but if we’re already at it: why don’t we extend the road to Drobeta-Turnu Severin and Serbia?) and a route from Brasov to Bacau. The last one is definitely needed for the connection to Moldova, but this highway (A5) is not nearly long enough. It should go to Iasi, and even further north to Suceava / Botosani. It should connect Romania to the Republic of Moldova and to Ukraine.
We like the fact that the A3 and A1 are finally connected to Hungary and the West, but why aren’t we connected to our southern neighbors? Bucharest is just seventy kilometers away from Bulgaria. It would be good for both countries.The state has also planned to build express ways, most of them are quite logical (hmm, that’s something new!). This plan isn’t bad. Sure, we need more infrastructure than this to lure tourists, companies and investments, but it’s a good start. The deadline is 2030. That will be the biggest obstacle, knowing Romania…

The ‘clever people’ of the Romanian government made a new transportation plan for the country. The Sibiu-Pitesti highway has been canceled. Instead, the route will be: Bucharest - Ploiesti - Brasov - Sibiu. Well, that would be good enough, for now… 

In addition, they have planned highways from Pitesti to Craiova (okay, certainly for Oltenia, but if we’re already at it: why don’t we extend the road to Drobeta-Turnu Severin and Serbia?) and a route from Brasov to Bacau. The last one is definitely needed for the connection to Moldova, but this highway (A5) is not nearly long enough. It should go to Iasi, and even further north to Suceava / Botosani. It should connect Romania to the Republic of Moldova and to Ukraine.

We like the fact that the A3 and A1 are finally connected to Hungary and the West, but why aren’t we connected to our southern neighbors? Bucharest is just seventy kilometers away from Bulgaria. It would be good for both countries.

The state has also planned to build express ways, most of them are quite logical (hmm, that’s something new!). This plan isn’t bad. Sure, we need more infrastructure than this to lure tourists, companies and investments, but it’s a good start. The deadline is 2030. That will be the biggest obstacle, knowing Romania…

We’ve been to Rasinari this year, close to Sibiu (central Romania), and its a great and rather wealthy shepherd village. But the greatest wealth there is nature and culture. Very lovely! 

Autumn is back! Although we love summer: autumn in Romania is also beautiful. 

Autumn is back! Although we love summer: autumn in Romania is also beautiful. 

We’re fan of the old work of Alb Negru, so we’ll give the new song of the duo a chance. What do you think?

We love these guys. They are in the Romanian underground scene, but for how long? Subcarpati is great.

This Romanian orchestra made an philharmonic orchestra cover of Coldplays A Sky Full of Stars. And how! “This Romanian orchestra’s reworking of A Sky Full Of Stars is a lovely thing,” Coldplay wrote on Facebook. Wow!

The Sound Works Transylvania Orchestra makes music for movies, games and commercials. And for us, like this nice cover!

A landscape that could only be dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm.

The Guardian about the Buzău region in Romania.

This is how Bucharest celebrated its 555th anniversary. Pretty sweet!

EU report says Romanian PM Victor Ponta has ‘threatened judges, illegally removed officials and tampered with democratic system’

The Guardian about Victor Ponta, possible the next president of Romania (so help us God).

555: the age of Bucharest and, as you can see in the picture, the city is far from finished (but we still love you, Bucuresti!)…

555: the age of Bucharest and, as you can see in the picture, the city is far from finished (but we still love you, Bucuresti!)…

Violinist Stefan Tarara won the George Enescu International Competition. So, let’s listen to this award winning Romanian. 

The new song from Alexandra Ungureanu, Cups, is pretty nice. Right?

Yesterday was a special day for Romanian football. Steaua Bucharest defeated Aalborg BK with 6-0. It was also a night of records: Keșerü made the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Europa League and 6-0 is also the biggest winning margin in the League for Steaua. 

Unfortunately, Astra Giurgiu wasn’t good enough to hurt the Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb. The Croatians won with 5-1. That’s a pitty, but Astra still is a small club and they should be proud that they have qualified. However, they can play better, as they’ve beaten Lyon. Better luck next time!