Monthly Archives: February 2014

Zacusca! Zacusca! Da da dum dum! Zacusca! (to the tune of “Tradition!”)

There was a time when I thought “zacusca” was “the most Romanian thing ever.” Now, I’m still enjoying some jars of zacusca that I made earlier this fall (in November) with one of my colleagues’ moms. “Pick up some eggplant … Continue reading

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Baking Away

Since my last three posts have been about the HIV, homelessness, and domestic violence in Romania… I thought I’d just take a moment to smile and say I love warm bread. It’s therapeutic. (Yum.) The word for yeast in Romanian is drojdie and it … Continue reading

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Embassy Essays on Women and World Peace

My latest little Fulbright-related task has been helping to judge a Bucharest high school essay contest with the theme: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Stop Violence Against Women“  This is an appropriate topic, as 1:3 … Continue reading

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Consumerism and Homelessness in Bucharest

As I look forward teaching to my first class about the ethical issues surrounding globalization in Bucharest tomorrow, I can’t help but be drawn in by this quote about the attitude of cutthroat capitalism in Romania’s capital. “The public’s condemnation … Continue reading

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“Could have been me.”

­At lunch over Greek food with my friend Monica, after telling her a little bit about my parents’ city librarian jobs and their life in LA… I ask, “So, what does your mom do?” Monica replies, “She’s a cook [string of … Continue reading

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At Semester’s End

Today I sat down with the school’s secretary and verbally told her each student’s final grade (in English and Romanian and while holding up my fingers… because she didn’t speak English, and I was terrified of making a silly mistake … Continue reading

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Enjoy your life (and don’t be a racist.)

At Fulbright winter orientation, the question came up, “What word is more appropriate to use, Roma or Gypsy?” For these fresh-off-the plane American professors coming from yonder politically-correct land, I understand the honest intent (and fear of messing up) behind … Continue reading

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