Commitment, Europe’s Bridges and How to Finally Free Your Toddler from the Curse of the Pacifier/Binkie/Dummy

In Europe, bridges don’t look like they used to.  Over the course of years, many famous bridges have become weighed down with excess metal in the form of padlocks.  Tradition, hearsay and plain nonsense suggests that two lovers who fix a padlock to a bridge and throw the key in the river will seal their… Read More Commitment, Europe’s Bridges and How to Finally Free Your Toddler from the Curse of the Pacifier/Binkie/Dummy

Black Friday is Romanian, and other things I learned this month

The holidays are in full gear, giving lots of learning opportunities in our crosscultural environment.  Here are a few things I learned this month. 1. Around mid-November I was talking with a Romanian friend who had bought an appliance as an early Black Friday deal.  Black Friday?  Because it comes the day after Thanksgiving, when most… Read More Black Friday is Romanian, and other things I learned this month

What I learned, and changed, about kid’s entertainment

We came to Romania with only the essentials in toys – Lego and Duplo, a few Barbies, favorite dress-up clothes and a favorite stuffed animal.  I wondered how the children would entertain themselves in their new environment.  Here’s what we’ve learned so far. 1.  The girls, ages 6 and 4, spend inordinate amounts of time… Read More What I learned, and changed, about kid’s entertainment

Prejmer Fortified Church, Romania – survivor of the marauding centuries

Memories of my childhood include horrendously glorious adventures walking up castle stairs with no guardrail or peeking over the ledge of an inadequate barrier to a cavernous moat many feet below.  I don’t remember my parents hollering “Stand back!” or “Don’t get so close!”  Being the responsible parents they are, I’m sure they did.  We… Read More Prejmer Fortified Church, Romania – survivor of the marauding centuries