Category Archives: Travel


I spent my final weekend in Ukraine curled up on a bed in Szabina’s house, fighting off a cold and slogging through Wuthering Hights (but now I can say that I’ve read it and have the right to critique it, which … Continue reading

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I’m sitting in the teacher’s room, and everything is quiet.  Everything except the hum of the computer.  Everything except a sudden, slow crescendo of raindrops on the leaves in the orchard outside.  Our land is parched for rain, and all … Continue reading

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Why I will go back to Romania some day, part 2

This is the sight that greeted me every morning while I stayed with the Viskys.  Most of the books were in Hungarian, of course, and I didn’t even finish the one in English I picked out, but that isn’t the … Continue reading

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Why I will go back to Romania some day, part 1

We drove out of busy, crazy Cluj, a place you could not pay me enough to sit behind a steering wheel, and followed the main road north, out to the bare hills and cooler temperatures.  When we turned onto a … Continue reading

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Romanian teaching

My spring break was not technically a break for me, though it was reviving and soul-filling in very many ways.  While I was in Kolozsvár/Cluj (the first is the Hungarian name, the second is the Romanian name), I taught several … Continue reading

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how to live alone well – installment four

6) read voraciously I tend to do this anyway, so I’m not sure this one really counts.  Except that my book count since last June has risen exponentially; I think I’ve got about 30 under my belt now. Part of … Continue reading

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Várja – Wait

I had grand plans for pre-writing posts and scheduling them to go up while I was on spring break.  You can see how well that worked. Currently, I am in Kolozsvár, Romania, visiting the Visky family and teaching a little … Continue reading

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