Monthly Archives: August 2010

Europe’s heirloom grains take root in Romania (organically)

About seven years ago, a group of young, Swiss farmers acquired the land they would need to actualize their dream of running an organic farm – in Romania.  Those 800 hectares would become Bio Farmland, a farm in the village … Continue reading

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Reggae Beats in Bucharest

Robert Zaharia and the Kaya Foundation held the second annual reggae festival in Bucharest this year, marking a continuation towards the diversification of the musical landscape in Romania. Zaharia also collaborates with art galleries and other concert venues as an … Continue reading

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In Baile Herculane, a small pension persists in the town’s changing tourist industry

Like many residents in the resort town of Baile Herculane, Romania (pop: 6,000), Stana Radoi was, at one time, employed in the town’s tourism industry. She worked as a waitress and her husband worked as a cook before the couple … Continue reading

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Baile Herculane: Forgotten Spa Town of the Habsburgs (Slide Show)

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Forgotten Spa town of the Habsburgs

In this valley of Romania’s Banat region where the Cerna river winds between mountains of granite and limestone and the smell of sulfur waters wafts through long-empty ballrooms, queens and kings of a past empire once found respite from the … Continue reading

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Fighting Human Trafficking on Both sides of the Border

According to statistics from the municipality of Bologna, 40 percent of all female sex workers working on the streets of the city are Romanian. Of these women – including minors and unaccompanied youth who have just reached the threshold (age … Continue reading

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In Mona’s Footsteps

Just when I reach the part in the book Train to Trieste, by Dominica Radulescu, when the main character Mona Manoliu, a girl in her late teens whose spirit and development is profoundly repressed by Nicolae Ceausescu’s dictatorship, is leaving … Continue reading

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