By Bryan Jardine

Postcard from... Bucharest

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  • Bryan, do the vampires from Vlad's castle enjoy the nightlife as much as the expats?

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  • Pam Goldberg!... that's a stupid comment you made. I see that you have no knowledge about Romania at all. Better leave the comments to others who know more and are willing to do more research before opening their mouth. Such comments are degrading to you as apparently you can not read the article properly to see how Romania developed. You rely on a legend that is just that- a legend and not even true if you know the history of Romania. I hope you are not an investor in Romania because it would be a shame for Romania to have you there. Better find other things to do and learn more before showing your stupidity on this website. This is an example of how stupid and uneducated outsiders are of Romania. People like you bring shame to Romania. Shame on you Pam Goldberg for making such comment.

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  • Pam's comment was a joke nothing to get offended by.

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  • There is a difference between making a joke and discriminating against a group of people (either direct or indirect). No one likes to be discriminated against by people like Pam. We live in a global economy with global citizens, therefore one needs to pay attention to such discriminatory comments. It would help if people like Pam Goldberg take a few minutes and read more about Romania. Romania is not only a country where investors go to impress with their different skills, but rather it is a country that contributed a lot to the development of the Western Countries. It is time for the west to show some respect and look at how Romania progressed over the years. It is not easy for Romanians to transition from communism to an immediate democracy. Besides, democracy does not even work in the Western countries. This is another topic, anyway. So, the point is: one needs to be careful and read the article carefully. The article was not written as a joke, therefore Pam, hopefully this can give you an opportunity to learn more about Romania.

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  • I would have excepted a higher level of the conversation on this website. I must admit I am truly disappointed both by Pam's and her detractor comments.

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  • Perhaps Pam's detractor ought to pass on this information to the great number of hawkers outside most tourist sights in and around Brasov, Sigishoara, Sibiu, Bran etc who sell the most tacky objects imaginable emblazoned with Dracula's image.
    If the Romanian people are prepared to take liberties with a great hero of their's (Vlad Tepes), they cannot complain when others make harmless jokes along the same vein.

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  • If the foreigners are willing to buy such objects, why not have Romanians sell what others buy. Usually is the uninformed foreigner who goes for such objects that promote the legend. I have visited Romania but never bought a Dracula object. Legends always exaggerate the truth to create a mystery and promote business. Every country has in one form or another a so called "great hero" considered by some, to name a few: Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein etc. They were all modern versions of Vlad Tepes who one day they will become a legend themselves. Would anyone buy their figurines if they existed? Business is always business. It all depends what one wants to believe in and how informed one is about a subject. Joke or no joke, I don't think Pam's comment was appropriate as it clearly shows an uninformed mind about Romania steering discriminatory comments highly inappropriately for the global economy we live and work in.

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  • I went to the Coyote Cafe on a business trip last year and heard the legendary "singing lawyer" wow the crowd of investment bankers, technocrats and masseuses. It represents the best of the new Romania.

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  • It's really amusing how the discussion went straight to the "Land of Dracula" brand. I also live in Bucharest since 1996 and I think the article is a common sense picture about Bucharest lifestyle, not more. As for Pam, she is a living proof that the target audience of The Lawyer is not necessarily the most educated.

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  • Why do I have the feeling that this story is a bit cliche? I would have expected a bit more insight from someone that has been living in Bucharest for more than 10 years. But then again, expats live in a world of their own.

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  • OK all you lawyers, before my intelligence gets maligned any further, I must apologize profusely for my surprisingly controversial and apparently moronic posting. Bryan is actually my little brother. Seriously, you can analyze our DNA. Clearly I should have sent my snarky comment to his private email address and not posted on this blog where it could unleash such vitriol. While this has all been extremely entertaining, I apologize for my lapse in internet posting judgment. I promise it won't happen again -- at least not on any attorney blog!

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  • Attention:

    Pam Goldberg is Bryan Jardine's sister. They are playing with us.

    Vlad the Impaler certainly existed. He may still exist - within a cave in the Carpathian Mountains - waiting to reappear when Romania needs him.

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  • Bucharest is going nowhere... dirty and suffocating. Will become sooner or later a black hole. Check other cities like Brasov where the new city mayor really cares for the city.

    www.expatromania.ro

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