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Integrame: Romanian Through Rebus

August 31, 2018 4:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Integrame are my current leisure-time obsession. They’re theme-based crossword puzzles that I can kinda, sorta do in Romanian. Look at the title image where I gathered a bunch of integrame collections I’ve worked through. UȘOARE and UȘURELE are both versions of the word ‘easy.’ Look further and you’ll see pentru începători... read more

illustrious Romanians

Illustrious Romanians: Twelve To Know

August 24, 2018 4:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Two years ago I made a Famous Romanians list. It’s time for another one, and this time I’ll call them Illustrious Romanians. Dracula is arguably the most famous “Romanian.” However, because he’s a literary invention I’m not putting him on the list. Although Dracula is based on the historical figure... read more

Romanians abroad

Romanians Abroad – Mitingul Diasporei Part II

August 21, 2018 6:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Today’s blog about Romanians abroad is a follow-up to last Friday’s post on the protest organized by the Romanian diaspora in Bucharest on August 10th. Linguistic note: miting is the Romanian word for ‘protest,’ evidently a borrowing from English ‘meeting’. Thus mitingul diasporei translates as ‘the protest of the diaspora.’ Title... read more

Portuguese customs

Portuguese Customs – A Travel Blog

August 14, 2018 6:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Portuguese customs: I’m not talking about the cakes they bake at Christmas or the songs they sing – nothing so interesting! No, I’m talking about trying to get a package from back home through customs when you are traveling internationally. Travel Tip #1: Don’t bother having anyone send you anything.... read more