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My Travels

2001-2002, 2006

Romania

Romania 2001-2002: From November 2001 until late May 2002 (and again, briefly, in May 2006), I worked in Bucharest, Romania. These are my letters home, slightly edited. This portion of my web site got a nice write-up in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei ("The Events of the Day") external link, 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!

Also, I've tried to provide some useful information about visiting Bucharest, Romania. This dates from spring of 2002, so it should still be useful, though no longer accurate in every detail.

1996

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.

Joe 
Mabel circa 1995

My journey begins

Overview (Europe '96)
Cybercafes (hopelessly outdated)
In Prospect (thoughts before the trip)
Madrid: An unplanned adventure

Extremadura

Caceres & Trujillo
(American) Muranos in Trujillo
Public Displays of Affection
Merida

Castilla

Segovia
Madrid: Okupa

Andalucía

Ronda
Cuevas de Pileta
Granada, Cruz de Mayo, and Rain

Barcelona

Go in Barcelona
Culture
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
Zoo Story

[Children in the Plaça del Sol (photo)]


Madrid again

More Madrid

[Safe Harbor (photo)]

Northern Italy

Cinque Terre
Florence
Bologna

Central Europe

Austria
A letter from Budapest
Budapest: In the Court of the Crimson King
Prague (vs. Budapest)
Prague: Palac Akropolis
Berlin
Berlin, Football, and German Nationalism


Paris

Paris

Barcelona one last time

Castellers: A Tall Story

...and Home

In Retrospect (thoughts after the trip)

[Paris street scene (sketch)]




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