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Given the break-neck pace of the earlier couple days, Matt and I decided to approach Sunday in Paris a bit more sedately.  Thus, before heading out for the day, we highlighted only a couple of interesting attractions given our relaxed outlook to the day ahead.  First, making the cut, was the Basilica of the Sacred […]

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Day Two Sleeping off the previous night’s fun with the curtains drawn tight, dawn came and went unbeknownst to Matt and me, as did my second chance to watch the sunrise over the Parisian landscape from Montmartre.  Also disappearing in the early morning without a trace were Melissa and Jovanka who had a pre-dawn train […]

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Day One It was now Friday morning and after a good night’s sleep it was time to see Paris for the first time in the daylight.  The forecast of partly cloudy skies and moderately warm temperatures would turn out to provide the perfect atmosphere for the day.  Little did I know at the fresh promise […]

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The Intro This January I was fortunate enough to join a few Peace Corps Volunteer friends on a trip to Paris, France.  Even though we decided on the excursion late in the fall of 2011, I honestly hadn’t given the vacation much thought until the night before departure.  As such, I hadn’t planned anything in […]

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On a last-minute whim, thanks largely again to the insistence of PCV Aran, I hopped a train North to Miercurea Ciuc, Romania for a hockey match.  Now, understandably, it may seem strange to travel ten hours round trip for a hockey game, especially when I am not even a sports fan and you would be […]

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With the fully content mindset to stay home alone on New Years Eve, I was ready to bring in the New Year silently cheering in my quiet school side home.  However, as fate would have it my Peace Corps Volunteer neighbor, Aran, in nearby Ploiești convinced me to venture down to Bucharest with him and […]

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Crăciun Fericit!

Like in America, Christmas time in Romania is very important.  If for nothing else, it is an opportunity to relax with family and friends, free from the stress of work and pressures of society.  Christmas is a highly anticipated time of great joy for children and guilt free full bellies for adults.  Knowing that this […]

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One mainstay of Romanian tradition is the pig sacrifice that takes place a few days before Christmas each year.  Fortunately, however small my network of Romanian friends is they always want to make sure that I don’t miss out on any important national holidays.  Such was the case this past December when two Romanian families […]

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Since the Thursday immediately after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs award ceremony was Ziua Nationala (National Day), a major holiday here in Romania, school was closed and thus I was off work.  And being that I only had two classes scheduled for that Friday the gods of coincidence were clearly encouraging me to take a […]

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There is no question that the holidays can be a lonely time for any Peace Corps volunteer.  Holidays are, after all, a time that is traditionally supposed to be spent with family and friends; perhaps the one time every year that people get to truly relax with those they care about.  During this past Christmas […]

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