Romania's Roadside Barbecues Signify Social Status

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Romania's Roadside Barbecues Signify Social Status

In post-communist Romania, grilling in the middle of nowhere means you can afford the gas, prime meat, and time to do it.
May 18, 2015, 2:45pm

Photos by Gabriel Petrescu.

This article originally appeared on VICE Romania.

Roadside barbecues are a popular activity amongst Romanians—especially on warm, sunny days. Barbecue season officially starts on May 1 and ends when summer's over.

But stacking up the car with coolers and Tupperware and eating meatballs while listening to Romanian folk-pop on the side of the road isn't just about taking a break from your daily routine; It's also a way to boast about your social status. In post-communist Romania, grilling in the middle of nowhere means you can afford the gas, prime meat, and time to do it.

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Here are some photos of those affluent Romanians taken from a bridge over the Argeș River on May 1.