My third-person bio is as follows:
In 2003, Leif Pettersen was “Kramered” by an unbalanced friend into leaving his idiot-proof career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and embarking on an odyssey of homeless travel writing. Despite no leads or training – and a dubious grasp on grammar – his “unhinged contempt for reality” drove him onward and he somehow managed modest success.
Leif’s weakness for pretty girls first brought him to Romania in 2004, where the low cost-of-living compelled him to stay. Speaking the language, having an apartment and owning a 1990 Dacia 1310, it’s said Leif needs only to learn tuica distilling to gain honorary Romanian citizenship.
Leif keeps a wildly popular blog going about life as a travel writer at KillingBatteries.com.
So, to sum up: freelance writer, homeless, wino.
In addition the massive undertaking of this web site, I have also written about Romania and Moldova in the following capacities:
“Iasi; The Final Frontier” for Global Traveler magazine
The Romania and Moldova sections for the The Europe Book, a weighty coffee table book covering every country in Europe
Updated the pages for both countries for LonelyPlanet.com‘s Worldguide
Wrote about the Danube Delta for Lonely Planet’s “Lonely Planet 2007 Bluelist“
Blogged his 2007 Romania visit for Gadling.
When I’m not LP’s willing updating machine for Romania, Moldova and Tuscany, I can write with authority on countless other destinations and topics, and do for several publications including Global Traveler magazine and MSN.