I’ve been to Iaşi in the last 2.5 days, at a programming contest. I’ve been to Romania before they entered the EU, and as a citizen of Moldova I must say things got worse for us. We didn’t need a visa to enter before, but now we need one. The embassy is overwhelmed with visa requests. Interviews are booked for 3 months ahead, I’ve heard. Apart from this, prices and taxes are higher, and people became even more arrogant towards the “non-European barbarians” that we are. One of the few good things I’ve noticed is that computer / electronics prices are lower than ours, and there is a lot more variety in this domain.
Now, what I’ve been most disgusted with. During our stay, our team has been housed (is this the right word for “cazare”?) together with three Romanian guys who listened to manele all the time. They are a disgrace to the music world. Show me a single person who is not an idiot and genuinely likes this genre!