Untold seen from outside

I was out and about in Cluj  for two and a half out of the four days the Untold festival lasted . I didn’t have time for concerts, but I plan to make some next year. So that I can write about the experience itself, not about how I think it should have been, or to compare a festival I haven’t attended with other festivals I haven’t attended. Otherwise, I like it that people who came to Cluj for the festival spent several million euros in four days, money which has entered the city’s financial circuit. And that Transylvania and Cluj are widely and well-spoken of. Peace!

Photo: Marian Hurducaș. Thanks.

Why should we feature in the Michelin guide?

Contrary to popular belief, the Michelin guide is not a list of restaurants where one can eat well (for sure, it has this role as well, which is apparently more important for chefs than for the rest of the world), but a guide for people who travel, who are on the move. Romania is not a very tourist-friendly country, tourists who, in order to move from one place to another, must be at rest. And resting they do, in dirty trains, in fifteen-kilometer long traffic jams, in airports. It is true that rest is another motion state, but what should be the lifespan of a human to offset the time spent on the road? Assuming that by 22:00 today we solved all of Romania’s hospitality industry and everybody would learn about  it by midnight, the Michelin guide would still not pay us a visit because they wouldn’t be able to exit or enter the car line. Which makes me feel quite optimistic about the success of a foreign invasion. Troubles all around us, I know. What I don’t know is why, since the State willy-nilly and without notice collects taxes ,  our infrastructure remains so backward. I’m thinking that if there are no roads, no schools, no healthcare, no agriculture, no industry, no investments, maybe we should say no to subsidizing other people’s PhDs.