Prologue: Balkan Itinerary

Miami, Florida
June 7, 2001
Dear Family and Friends,

On Tuesday, June 12, I leave for a one-month adventure to The Balkans.

I fly on Swissair non-stop to Zurich and then on to Bucharest, Romania. I hope to see my friend Corina who I met in Budapest last summer.

From Bucharest I will travel north by train to visit Brasov and the smaller cities of Sinaia, Sibiu and Sighi┼čoara. Then by train again north to Cluj-Napoca. Then east to Suceava before returning to Bucharest.

Transylvania: "Welcome to Romania"



June 26, 2001

My Dear Family and Friends,


I am sitting in the delightful Hubertus Restaurant, listening to a sweet musical trio (keyboard, violin and clarinet) while I wait for my main course of roasted quail with potatoes and tomato salad.

I am in a charming university town called Cluj-Napoca in the middle of the Transylvanian Mountains in Romania.

For the past two days I have driven in the far north near the borders of Hungary and The Ukraine.  The area is called The Maramure┼č where communities are living their lives the way they have for hundreds of years -- spinning, woodworking, and farming in beautiful and fertile mountain valleys alongside swift mountain rivers.

Epilogue: Home Safe

Miami, Florida

July 19, 2001

Dear Family and Friends,

Just to let you know that I arrived home safely on Tuesday afternoon as scheduled. The Swissair flights were uneventful.

My route took me from Thessalonica to Zurich for a one-hour stopover. I was able to resist the duty free shops. Bally shoes had a half price sale, but nothing in my size!

Brasov, Romania: "Thank you, Teodora"


Miami, Florida
August 26, 2001

Dear Dora,

Thank you for your letter from Brasov.

My summer travels have come to an end. I am home, sorting through weeks of mail and bills. I am filling my refrigerator with food. Don't feel sad for me. The weather here is quite hot so I am off to the beach this afternoon.

After five weeks in Europe, I spent three weeks in Lubec, Maine -- the most northeasterly town in the most northeasterly state of the United States. I attended a piano school for adults. This was my fourth year there. The weather was mostly warm and sunny. Since Lubec is on the coast there can also be a lot of fog and chilly days even in the summer.