Apropos of yesterday's post and the slightly cranky comment thread that grew out of it. After nearly two years here, we are still trying to figure out the mysteries of the Romanian self-image. Pride and defensiveness, patriotism and constant self-criticism -- it can be a little confusing. This probably deserves a long post in its own right. Meanwhile, here are eleven random things that foreigners like about Romania (not necessarily in order of importance, nor claiming completeness): 1. The people. 2. Wonderful peaches. 3. The Olt Valley. 4. Christmas carollers. 5. Bucharest parks. 6. Best tomatoes ever. 7. The Carpathians. 8. Good economic growth. 9. Child friendly. 10. Governments can lose elections. 11. EU material! I challenge you to add more! Let's have it for the good things!