Author Archives: Amanda Wilson

About Amanda Wilson

I am a freelance writer currently based in Washington, D.C.

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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August 2: Timisoara, Painted Walls

In Timisoara, Ilie and Istvan, students at 2 major universities in Timisoara are our guides After the tour, the group has a discussion and planning session at a local student pub:

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August 1: Bucharest to Timisoara. Il Viaggio.

After crossing the wrong border into Romania, coming back into Hungary, and then crossing again into Romania, our journey of almost 24 hours from Bologna to Timisoara ended at 4:00 a.m. this morning.

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Green Gnocchi

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The TrenItalia Paradox: to buy or not to buy (a ticket)?

What can a ticket collector do when a passenger simply refuses to buy a ticket?  The situation occurs a lot on TrenItalia trains and it can either end in a quiet renunciation on the part of the ticket controller – … Continue reading

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Italian-Romanian round table

On July 28, the Italian members of Turisti non a caso sat down with the 6 Romanian guests for a round table discussion focusing several main themes including tourism in Romania, Romanian economic transition, the situation of women during and … Continue reading

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Day 3

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