Monthly Archives: July 2006

Good vibes at the shawarma place

Tweet A certain compact, rambunctious busy-body here in Iasi has repeatedly raked me over the coals about the fact that I only write in this blog about who’s pissed me off lately in Romania, never writing anything about incidents where people were nice to me.  This is true, once I…

Gift horse annihilates my travel plans

Tweet My intended September/October travel plans have taken a small twist.  Instead of traveling four countries in Southeast Europe by train, Lonely Planet is flying me to San Francisco for an author workshop!  Who else didn’t see that coming? Moreover, since I’ll be right there, I’m going to do a…

Every notable patch of grass in Kiev

Tweet I’m finally back from Kiev.  Actually, I’ve been back for two days, but I’ve been occupied with the Cricova champaign that I brought back (and the brain damaging aftereffects). Aside from being targeted for a lamely executed tourist scam and spending part of my time in a hostel with…

Kiev ‘Greedy Tourst’ scam alive and well!

Tweet Busy, busy. Lots to tell, but no time… except for this one tidbit: The highlight of my first full day in Kiev was the attempted scam two jackasses tried on me.  I was walking down a fairly quiet street about 100 meters from a hotel I was visiting for…

Romanian business and investment opportunities

Tweet All, Well it’s been an exciting weekend here at killing batteries headquarters in central Iasi. Since the nytimes story ran I’ve had more hits, comments and naughty offers from blog groupies in 72 hours than I received in the five months previous. As much as I’d like to sit…

I’m in today’s New York Times

Tweet The guy didn’t use the headline I suggested (‘Beckham Look-a-Like Brings Travel Writing World to its Knees’), but nevertheless I appear in New York Times in a story about guidebook writers.  Unfortunately, you have to register with the nytimes site to view anything past the first two lines.  Copyright…

Transdniestr bomb blast

Tweet Things seem to be getting worse in Transdniestr.  Trans-Dniester blast kills eight:  At least eight people have been killed in an explosion on a city minibus in Moldova’s breakaway Trans-Dniester region, officials say. No word on whether the maxitaxi was the target or whether the bomb was intended for…

The delicate art of asking for free crap

Tweet You may be surprised to hear that travel writing has a seedy underside. Quite often, almost routinely in fact (when you’re not working for Lonely Planet), travel writers are given a free room, meal or service, with an accompanying wink, on the condition that they compose glowing praise for…

The smell of cat pee in the morning

Tweet When I first stepped into my current apartment last August with the rental agent, two things struck me immediately; first, it was by far the least decrepit place she’d shown me and second the odor of cat piss was so overwhelming that I had to steady myself against a…

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