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Ten Famous Romanians Plus Two

July 11, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There are many famous Romanians. Here’s my list: 1. News of the death of Elie Wiesel, the writer and human rights advocate, on July 2 reminded me that he was born in Romania. His holocaust story Night (1960), a shortened version of a memoir originally written in Yiddish, was first... read more

English and the Romanian Language

July 1, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m putting the Romanian language at issue here. In Chapter 12 of Languages in the World we introduce Jean-Louis Calvet’s gravitational model comparing the different “weights” of languages across the world, each language having an attractive power, like stars and planets. The heavier the language, the more likely people are... read more

Bucharest: Romanian Round-Up

June 17, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’ve now arrived at my major stopping place in my around-the-world trip, namely Bucharest Romania where I’ll spend the next 3 months. I’ve spent 3 – 4 months here every summer for the past 10 years, so I know the place well. Here are my immediate impressions upon returning: Romanian... read more

Romania and Uzbekistan – a travel blog

June 10, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Here I highlight some of the differences but mostly the similarities between Romania and Uzbekistan.    Differences between Romania and Uzbekistan  First, Romania is in Eastern Europe, and Uzbekistan is in Central Asia. Check out the distance. Furthermore: -Romanians speak Romanian, a Romance language. Uzbeks speak Uzbek, a Turkic language.... read more

Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan

Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan – a travel blog

June 3, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

The Central Asian countries of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan share many similarities. However, as a tourist, I was struck by their differences. Note: For some, Azerbaijan counts as being in the Caucasus, along with Georgia and Armenia. However, my guide in Azerbaijan spoke of his country as being in Central Asia.... read more

On the Road in Uzbekistan – a travel blog

May 27, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The sixth leg of my around-the-world tour is Uzbekistan. Note: the fifth leg was Azerbaijan. See my blogs: Azerbaijan Architecture and Complex Azerbaijan Politics. Why Uzbekistan? I can’t really say. I think the names Tashkent and Samarkand drew me. Also, the complications of ticketing an around the world trip made... read more