‘Europe’s poorest country’, ‘Renegade province Transdniestria’, ‘Arms smuggling’ and ‘Human trafficking’ are obviously the only phrases, which hit the headlines of continental newspapers when it comes to the Republic of Moldova.
The breakup of the Soviet Union brought a rebirth of Jewish public life, but also revived an antisemitism that originated in the interwar period, rooted in nationalism. Moldovan Jews found themselves caught in the middle of the struggle between Russian and Moldovan ethnic groups. Because many of Moldova’s Jews did not speak Romanian (Moldova’s national language), but only Russian, they had to confront a pro-Romanian nationalist part of the population.
„Precious oldtimer cars, colourful traditional costumes, a massive parade of thousands of people, party on the streets, concerts on the big and small stages throughout the whole day and night. This is not the carneval in Rio, this is the Balti day”, was the announcement for the live transmission of Publik TV for the city holiday in Bălţi. Moldovarious.com could not resist and with our camera onboard we drove up the (in)famous betonka to Balti to see how the locals celebrate Hramul Sf. Nicolae, their most important day in the year. Continue reading “Fasten Seat Bălţi”
Place: DJ Manjul on the turntables, Discotheque X, Beshalma, Gagauz Yeri
Time: 2.30 am on a Saturday morning
Vibrating bass beats get through our dancing bodies. The dance floor is packed with a local party crowd and two Austrian guests.
Once the Moldovan band Zdob si Zdub played at the Eurovision-Song-Contest. They delighted their audience with an unmistakable mix of Moldovan folk music, Balkan-Vibes and elements of rock music. Zdob si Zdub landed a summer hit record together with Austrian’s Hubert von Goisern in their country in 2009. Moldovarious.com wanted to know how the Moldovan version of “Koa Hiatamadl” sounds like. Continue reading “Austro-Moldovan Music Fusion”
The main street in Moldova’s capital Chisinau is called Bulevardul Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt. All central attractions like the opera, theatres, pubs and shops are situated on it and at the very end you can find the monument of Ştefan cel Mare, one of many in Moldova. Furthermore you can find his portrait on the Moldovan leu banknote and there are a lot of of High-Schools and Colleges called after him. A good reason to take a closer look on this romantic character who became a national hero…
Every national tradition provides for special dishes made on holidays only. In Moldova, there are specialties made on special occasions. For Christmas, the food is mainly made of pork. In rustic households the swine, fattened-up during summer and fall, is usually slaughtered three days before the Christmas Eve, and there is even a saying referring to this tradition: “You cannot fatten the swine on Christmas Eve”!
The most popular Moldovan main course is of course the mămăliga, which is, despite the exotically-sounding name, nothing else but plain good old corn mush, or polenta, as it is called in the European tradition. Continue reading “Taste Across the Frontiers – Main Courses”
Cuisine is an important element of the national identity, just like music, folklore, national costumes, traditions… When we travel to a foreign country, it is not just about sight-seeing and museums – we tend to try as many local foods as we can. I wouldn’t say it is the best way to get to know the people, but after all, the main dietarian principle states that we are what we eat. To put it differently, what we eat is what we are. Continue reading “Taste Across the Frontiers – Soups”
Moldova’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene was at its peak in the 90s. Today, a lot of newcomer bands scream and shout for a rock revival. The two lead singers Lena Cataraga and Olga Buionovskaia are amongst the new courageous and motivated generation of Chisinau’s rockers. Continue reading “Two Girls Rock the City”