Backpacking with Dracula – and visiting Transylvania
15 May 2016 | Media
A former Lonely Planet author Leif Pettersen worked on the Lonely Planet Romania guidebook and it’s pretty clear Count Dracula got his fangs in to Leif at some point. Backpacking with Dracula, available on Amazon as an ebook, supplies way more information on Transylva...
Bucharest in Surprising Romania
25 May 2014 | Places
I’ve never been to Romania before (it was on my list) so the Global Heritage Fund project project in Transylvania, which I wrote about exactly a year ago, was a good reason to plan a visit.
But first I stopped in Bucharest for a couple of days. Poor Romania has had...
Along the Enchanted Way – living in Romania
14 January 2014 | Media
William Blacker heads off to Romania soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the violently ignominious end of the Ceaușescus. It’s often speculated that North Korea’s dynastic dictatorship may come to an equally surprising and rapi...
Transylvanian Villages in Romania
22 April 2013 | Culture
I’ve recently joined the board of Global Heritage Fund – my trips last year to the amazing ruins of Banteay Chhmar in Cambodia and earlier this year to the Lost City, Ciudad Perdida, in Colombia were both to GHF sites.
GHF are launching a new project, to protec...
Gaddafi Lives – in North Korea at least
16 November 2011 | Living
Speculating on what’s happening north of the border is a favourite South Korean occupation and the best story from my recent visit was that Gaddafi still lives. At least in North Korea.
Earlier this year Air Koryo, the North Korean flag carrier, started a weekly Py...