March 25th, 2017

Five minutes before the dates

These two Moldovan girls were waiting for their boyfriends at the central square of Balti (pronounced as "belts"), a small city in the north of Moldova. Moldovan guys are not very punctual. Both boys arrived within five minutes after this shot though and the happy couples took off somewhere.

The old fountain painted blue, yellow and red, the colours of Moldova's (and Romania's) flag, in the background is a good example of the most popular way to "look after" public spaces in Moldova.

Whatever it is and no matter what condition it is in, all you need to do to fix it is paint it blue, yellow and red. That's it. Never repair or refurbish anything just paint it blue, yellow and red. If you are out of yellow, lime green will do and brown will be perfect instead of red too. They do it everywhere. Over some old peeling paint? Yes, without any cleaning, just paint it over with a huge brush. Over tiles with half of them missing? Yep, just paint it over, man and it's done. Over beautiful last century marble that just needs some cleaning and polishing to look great? Yes, just paint it. Beautiful old wooden houses? Oh, hell yeah. Bronze statues? Absolutely. Oh wait, we might have some "gold" paint for that! Yeah, "gold paint" is another favourite.