Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Romania - What The Hell Happened

There's a nice show on travel channel. Last week I had the chance to watch one of its episodes. It surprised me a little bit and incited me to dig about this show..

So.. the show is not a conventional one because I watched 2 more episodes to see what is it all about. I like his approach but he had a lot of bad luck in Romania and he had a really bad plan to follow..

Now to get an image what we are talking about.. Here you can watch his show on YouTube:
1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCEUT1OqRYQ&feature=related
2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K86G3vs49fc&feature=related
3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWbxlFOZMQc&feature=related
4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga3eDzkoF04&feature=related
5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2cL0C53cWM&feature=related
6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCEUT1OqRYQ&feature=related

Look on this over 1000 comments he got on his blog. This is something..
http://anthony-bourdain-blog.travelchannel.com/2008/02/romania-what-the-hell-happened.html

What do you think ? Is this the real Romania or he only had a really bad experience in Romania ? Have you ever been to Romania ? What was you experience ?

I'm very curious about your opinion because we, the Romanians, like to think that we are very welcoming and very kind but it seems to me that this is not reality every time.

P.S Hope the Romanian authorities will understand we need some real promotion here and we need to present Romania as it is not as we want it to be seen. The very "touristic" places in Romania are not that nice. I tell you there are lots of neat places in Romania that wait for you to discover.

P.P.S Hope you will have a better experience in Romania. I did for sure: www.iloveyouromania.blogspot.com

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice comments here..

http://horinca.blogspot.com/2008/03/anthony-bourdain-does-romania-national.html

newt said...

i spent two months traveling all over europe and loved romania the best... BUT i do feel like anthony's show (perhaps by accident or chance) captured the ups and downs of romania. An example: he got turned away in bucharest due to some red tape... well i also had a horrible time in bucharest getting lost, having waiters rip me off, but i also had a great time meeting friendly people and experiencing the some of the contrasts of the city. The other example is of Translyania, which sadly is the only thing a lot of americans know of the country, "dracula!" they say.. there is so much more than that. If anthony came to Boston, he might see equally good and bad but i wouldn't be as upset.. but then again my city/country doesn't have the same history as yours. so i can understand why romanians are defensive.

newt said...

having said all that, anthony should really go back (with a real guide) and show people the good stuff, romania deserves it!

Mihai said...

Thanks for your opinion. I can hardly wait for others tourists opinion regarding their experience in Romania

Wonderer said...

Most of the times opinions are very
unrealistic due to the personal touch of each one of us. I appreciate the efforts here and the blog's commentaries. Romanians and friendliness. I think we all experienced various scenarios. But Let me ask you a question! Are you truly friendly or you just think or want to believe you are?
If you don't always do only what you want or feel, if you put aside
your own person(the "me"), if at least once in while we give up a little, and please somebody else, then, yes, we are friendly. But friendliness also implies consideration. Lack of consideration means selfishness. My experience in Romania? Draw your own conclusion!

Mihai said...

@wonderer
It seems to me you have personal issues. When you travel to a foreign country you don't expect that people to put aside their "me". That is what you may ask from your relatives, from I don't know.. Not from some unknown people you meet for 10days only.

In this context friendly people means people willing to help you, willing to advice you, willing to speak English and give you good directions if they can and so on.

If you are a Romanian and you have some issues with your friends, that is another story. Just my thoughts.. Do not take it personal.