Romania 2001-2002: From November 2001 until late May 2002 (and again for a month in May 2006), I worked in Bucharest, Romania; I returned as a visitor for about ten days in December 2014. These are my letters home, slightly edited. This portion of my web site got a nice write-up in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei (literally "The Events of the Day"), one of Romania's leading newspapers. Several Romanians have written to me to say that it is the best commentary on Bucharest by a foreigner that they have ever read, so I must have been doing something right. Enjoy!
Back in 2002 I tried to provide some useful information about visiting Bucharest, Romania. Other than museums etc., this is probably now of mainly historical interest.
In 1996, I spent three months in Europe, roughly equally split among Barcelona, the rest of Spain, and Central Europe + Northern Italy. Most of the following derives from my letters home during those three months, although I have gone back and added a few stories from briefer visits since then.
My journey beginsOverview (Europe '96)
Cybercafes (hopelessly outdated)
In Prospect (thoughts before the trip)
Madrid: An unplanned adventure
ExtremaduraCaceres & Trujillo
(American) Marranos in Trujillo
Public Displays of Affection
Cuevas de Pileta
Granada, Cruz de Mayo, and Rain
BarcelonaGo in Barcelona
A Quiet Day in Barcelona With Candide
Walking in Barcelona
Anarchism in Catalunya Today
People in Barcelona
Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona
A great Romanesque museum
From Mar to Montaña
Madrid againMore Madrid
Northern ItalyCinque Terre
A letter from Budapest
Budapest: In the Court of the Crimson King
Prague (vs. Budapest)
Prague: Palac Akropolis
Berlin, Football, and German Nationalism
Barcelona one last timeCastellers: A Tall Story
...and HomeIn Retrospect (thoughts after the trip)
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