Travel Articles

Famous Serbs: Top Ten

August 2, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My recent trip to Serbia inspired me to put together a list of famous Serbs. Some are infamous. You decide. (I’m using the spellings I saw in Serbia.) I. Famous Serbs in Sports, Science, and the Arts Novak Đoković – professional tennis player currently ranked #1 in men’s singles and... read more

Belgrade, Serbia – a travel blog

July 26, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Belgrade Fortress When Phillip, my friend and wonderful co-author for Languages in the World, was in Spain this past month, he suggested we meet up in Serbia. I said “Sure,” especially since Belgrade is an easy hour+ plane ride from Bucharest. We met up last week. It was no surprise... read more

Transylvania I – a travel blog

July 15, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Transylvania. The name immediately evokes weird, scary stuff. My friend, Trish, has a daughter, Caroline, who went on a talk show for kids in New York City when she was 3 years old. Somehow the subject of vampires came up, whereupon Caroline informed the host that, “Vampires comes from Pennsylvania.”... read more

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