Rural Road Safety

Though my town is relatively small, it has a serious road safety problem because of a major highway that runs straight through its middle. Traditionally a group of villages spread throughout the oasis that surrounds what used to be a river—but that is now dry most of the year—much of the town has grown to envelope the thoroughfare. “Centre,” as it is called, is where one find the regional … Continue reading Rural Road Safety


Tizi n’Tichka Pass

I’d heard the rumors about Tizi n’Tichka Pass. I’d heard the warnings. I thought to myself, “I live in Washington State where mountains and mountain passes abound, why should I worry?” But, as the bus left the station and the driver’s assistant, called a grissor in these parts, began handing out vomit bags, I began to worry. Even Google Maps seems to suggest, “Hey, are … Continue reading Tizi n’Tichka Pass

A Drive Through Transylvania

Erika and I opted to avoid the highways as we headed out of Bucharest and, instead take a leisurely drive through Transylvania toward the smaller towns of Brașov (brash-ov) , a Saxon settlement, and Sighișoara (sig-i-shor-a), birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Looking at the map, highways would certainly have been the faster route, but we wanted to see more of Romania than can be seen from … Continue reading A Drive Through Transylvania