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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

Soviet Junk: Post-Communist Clean Up

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

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: the Balkans (Romania, Bulgaria), Russia, Mongolia, and now... read more

Azerbaijan Architecture – a travel blog

May 16, 2016 9:00 am Published by 2 Comments

Title Image: Flame Towers, Baku, a spectacular example of Azerbaijan architecture. I left Malaysia, and after an 11-hour flight and a 4-hour layover in Istanbul followed by another 3-hour flight, I arrived in Azerbaijan. Although I was very tired and jet-lagged, I immediately perked up at sight of Baku, the... read more

Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, Malaysia

May 13, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

The fourth stop in my trip around the world is Malaysia, landing in Kuala Lumpur. The first thing you need to know is that kuala means ‘confluence of two rivers, estuary’ and lumpur means ‘muddy’. Here I am (in the photo on the right) at the muddy confluence. Note: Everywhere in Asia... read more