I went to Bucharest in November to celebrate Christmas (you read that right), and in December received an unwelcome answer to a Christmas wish. Be careful what you wish for!
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Meanwhile, read on to find out how I discovered an old professor of mine at Boston College was a national hero in Romania, and details (bordering on TMI) about my personal green slime…
Bucharest: Last month I flew to Bucharest to present the Romanian Academy’s annual Christmas Lecture. In November. I never did quite get the logic as to why they hold this lecture so long before Christmas. (It has nothing to do with the Orthodox calendar; the Romanians celebrate on December 25, while other Orthodox churches like the Russians follow the Julian calendar which puts it on the Gregorian calendar’s January 7.)
I confess I knew little about Romania beyond what I had read over the years in the times it’s been in the news — usually unhappy news, as that's what tends to be newsworthy. So my top three surprises were these…
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