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Post-Communist Clean Up. The Winner Is ….

May 20, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

This apartment building happens to be in Bulgaria. My recent visit to Azerbaijan inspired this blog. As I was being driven through Baku, my guide, Basran, would occasionally gesture at crumbly old buildings and say, “Soviet junk.” I’ve gained experience roaming through countries spewed by the cement mixer of communism:... read more

Bulgaria 5.0

July 27, 2015 1:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

[Town of Balchik. Cover Photo Credit: Boby Dimitrov, via Wikimedia Commons. Authorized for reuse under Creative Commons.] This is the fifth year in a row I’ve come with my Romanian friends to Balcic, Bulgaria. It’s on the Black Sea. This year is a bit of an extravaganza. Three of us decided to reserve... read more

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On Romanian Gypsies

July 20, 2015 9:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Romanian Gypsies are a problem. There, I’ve said it. The first problem is with their name: gypsies, from the place name Egypt. In Romanian it’s țigani. But the gypsies don’t come from Egypt. They’re Indo-Iranian. Their proper ethnonym is Roma, more technically spelled Rroma. They’re also called Romany. Romania has... read more

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Rom Com French Style

May 28, 2015 10:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The weather in Paris in May is wonderful – except when it isn’t. So what to do on a blustery rainy afternoon? Go to a movie, of course. We went to Les Halles, a shopping/entertainment complex in the center of Paris, where we knew there would be 30+ movies to... read more