Thursday, July 17, 2008

More on Romania

This topiary outside the Bucharest Opera House made me laugh when I saw it, and when I saw the photo later, I realized that I had caught a typical Romanian woman, appearing to stand on the keyboard.

We had our best guides in Romania - Vlad (the explainer) was the memorable name of our favorite and Rado was a close second. They were the least jaded, had great senses of humor, and truly gave us a flavor of the contradictions in the rapidly changing economy. Foreign developers are buying the gorgeous decaying buildings at a fever pace, leaving the locals with few housing options that they can afford - this is happening all over central Europe - the great gift of globalization at its worst.

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