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 nomadic 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 was said Leif needed only to learn tuica distilling to gain honorary Romanian citizenship. He has since moved back to his hometown of Minneapolis, MN.
Some of the articles that Leif has written about Romania and Moldova include:
- “Wine at the end of the tunnels in Moldova” for the San Francisco Chronicle.
- “Europe’s Next Hot Wine Destination? Moldova.” for AOL Travel.
- “Moldova: embracing its status as Europe’s least-visited country” for Lonely Planet.
- “Amid myths, in search of Dracula’s real castle” for the San Francisco Chronicle.
“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.
And of course, wrote/contributed to the chapters for Romania & Moldova for Lonely Planet’s “Europe on a Shoestring,” “Eastern Europe,” and “Romania.”
For more information about Leif and his freelance travel writing experience, visit his website.