Tag Archives: Romania

Timisoara

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I have only been to Romania once, to Suceava and to Cluj-Napoca. I liked them a lot, so I was curious, what else I could find in this country. Timisoara is the second largest city of Romania and the capital of the historical region Banat. The name of the city is orginally Hungarian, Temesvár, which means city at the Temes river. This name they also took as the German name, Temeschwar. Until 1919 the Banat was part of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy.  For a long time I wanted to visit this city. As some friends of mine decided to go there by car, I took the chance to join them. Read More →

The Sounds of Romania

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Why is it that people from Western and Central Europe tend to over-see Eastern Europe? Is it the languages? In this English-dominated world many are less exposed to Eastern European languages. People seeking the exotic go far away to Africa and Southern America, but have maybe never been to Poland, Romania, Slovakia etc. But these countries are everything else than grey and boring.

A few months ago I have been the first time to Romania, namely in the cities of Suceava (Bucovina) and Cluj Napoca (Transsylvania). It was a very nice experience to finally visit the place, about which I have read lots of books during my whole life.

Regarding Romanian new wave music I was a complete newbie. Something I intend to change hereby. I researched what the Romanian music scene has to offer and was quite surprised by the amount of great bands. Ten of these bands especially caught my attention and shall be presented in the following.  Read More →