By Jan Hanspach
Today I made a trip to the small Transylvanian village of Roadeş. I expected to have a relaxed and enjoyable time and to learn a bit about the past live of the Saxons when visiting the house of a Saxon friend. To my surprise the all village was busy and I learned more about the present reality than the past habitats of the Saxons.
That was because the village was full of people preparing a shooting for a commercial for a major Irish brewery. The most import feature was that people were painting buildings’ faces black. To be honest, I was shocked when I saw all the beautiful houses coloured in black and it makes me sad to know that only for a few Euros such a thing is possible here.
Of course, Roadeş will not be permanently black. The colour is glucose based and they promised to clean it up after the shooting, but that will probably take thousands of litres of water, which does not sound like a reasonable use of resources in a village that is not connected to a water pipeline and suffers from weeks of rainless heat.