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Jun 18, 2014 - Romania--Days 2 and 3

Tuesday and Wednesday...I just never found time to write. It's not exactly that I was so busy. Just that there was little time to get the computer and sit until late at night. Oddly enough, I have been so tired in Romania. It's not really the hard work or the late nights. More just mental exhaustion. I suppose the first thing I should say about Romania is how much need there is here. We went to a little village on Wednesday. The people living there were mostly Hungarian-speaking Roma people. I can't really describe the living conditions. I...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 16, 2014 - Romania--Day 1

I've been exhausted today, though I can't exactly figure out why. We got up and had breakfast, then went to the offices of the ministry to meet the folks who work here. Met too many people to remember all their names. There are amazing people here doing amazing work with children, adolescents, and young adults. We walked around the compound. They have a warehouse for all the donated goods. They have two group homes on the compound and six more in other places. They have built a car wash which gives some of the young men a job. In fact,...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 15, 2014 - On to Romania

Another travel day, so maybe not so much to tell. And didn't manage any pictures. Will try to add some tomorrow. Woke up, dressed, packed up, and checked out. Had breakfast at the coffee house on the corner. Then, decided to go for a walk. Mostly wandered around the Cathedral. There was a band playing in front of the church. Horns, winds, precussion...the whole thing. Actually, one of the things that impressed me about Budapest was the music every where I went. This band was a good example...not playing 70s rock tunes, playing classical...

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PK--Lost in Europe

May 16, 2009 - Or, Oradea

Oradea Saturday night, the end of the conference on "Central Europe and the English-Speaking World" which I was fortunate enough to be invited to as the Opening Address speaker. This necessitated cobbling together a little 4700 word paper in Kiev and enroute, but that's OK...the hospitality was wonderful and Oradea is absolutely the sweetest town imaginable. I love Romania. For those of you lucky enough not to have been in my bedroom, a full-sized Romanian flag hands there in all its bright blue, yellow and red glory. It was given to me by...

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Mick Outside the Box

Aug 6, 2007 - Hitch hikers

Eventually I did find my way out by pull ballsy luck. So I headed towards Cluj Napoca. I noticed a couple with back packs looking for a hitch so I pulled over. They were Polish and here for the mountains and caves for two weeks. They explained the whole hitch hiking thing and that it has become so common place for everyone here as the buses and trains are notoriously unreliable. It was good to have them in the car for about an hour till we reached their drop off. It was on my way so no problems for me and I enjoyed the chance to chat. I...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

May 27, 2005 - Oradea via Baia Mare

We head out at 6 am via buses to get here so we'd have a chance to catch a bus to Budapest tomorrow...this town is infamous for the ecological disaster which occurred outside town(this is a mining community) where a tailings pond retaining wall broke loose in 2000 and polluted all the rivers(incl. the Danube) all the way to the Black Sea!!!!!!!!! The nearest by are still dead! We did not tour anything here, just managed to find a room(after checking 3 in the LP and finding them all closed for remodelling). Ended up after quite a walk at the...

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Apr 12, 2005 - Arad

Arad was basically time for me to slow down and spend some quality time with my grandparents, Tati and Mami and also my uncle Istvan and cousin Moni who they lived with. I was pretty much fine with the fact that there would be no going out drinking or any major sight-seeing for a while. ARad is larger than Brasov but smaller than Kolozsvar, its town center filled with grand old buildings, monuments and statues. There was even a beautiful green nature strip running the length of the main street where the trams went through. I'm starting to...

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Jul 10, 2004 - Romania

There is so much I could say about Romania. It was an amazing experience, but the summary will have to come later. I have just gotten home and still have to get my pictures from the team. Here are just a few and in a short time all of them should be up along with a story of Romania. More pictures to come soon! Our time in Romania began with a long bumpy road in three vans with little air conditioning and even less confidence in what we were about to do. Most of us knew so little about the orphanages in Romania that we could not fathom what...

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