I have written for the Romanian edition of National Geographic for over 10 years. I’m currently Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler and Deputy Editor in Chief of National Geographic.Mostly because of my job, in the last 10 years I’ve met many foreigners – either when they visited Romania or when I went abroad. I guess now I’ve got more friends from the other side of the Earth then from my native land. I’ve learned a lot from them and for them as they bombarded me with questions to which I did not know the answers.
- Do Romanians consider Ceausescu a good or a bad dictator?
- Are Gypsies dangerous? Why are they divided into clans?
- Where do vampires come from? Has Dracula lived for real?
- How dangerous is it to ride a bicyclete in Bucharest?
- How do you make Palinca?
- Why most of your names end in Escu?
- How comes you you love so much this mamaliga?
- Who is nr 2 in Romania?
- Are there any scouts in Romania?
- Do you have many monks? What are they doing in their Ermitage?
- Who was Ana Aslan? Where can I find Gerovital?
- Any recommendations, must-see places?
- What are the most endangered species in Romania?
- How many Jews still live in Romania?
- Why the Saxons did left Transylvania?
- What are your most interesting traditions?
- Who were the Dacians? Etc etc
I had to research and prepare myself each and every time, for every curiosity they had. After a while some of these studies metamorphose themselves the essays I’ve collected into the present collection of short books. And I’m curentlly working into melting them into one big book: Romania explained to my friends abroad.