Category Archives: History

After the Revolution

This afternoon I had a brief exchange with a friend about the long-term effects of the Romanian revolution, probably the most bad-ass revolution of all the 1989 revolutions. As you can see from the following excerpt, I was much more positive … Continue reading

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Two guys walk 60 km to eat a soup.

A friend from Târgu Mureș asked me last Sunday if I felt like “going on a little hike to the hills outside of town”. Of course I felt like it. He wanted to hike to Miercurea Nirajului. I didn’t know exactly where that … Continue reading

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Stupid questions get funny answers

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Mein Kampf

While in Germany the debate is still raging whether an annotated version of Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” should be published after the copyright protection will expire (I am in favor of such a publication, because what do we do historical research … Continue reading

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Why I don’t play the Lottery

Because it’s a Soviet scam, a Communist charade: In the novel Twelve Chairs, Ilja Ilf and Evgeny Petrov provide a very good description of the Soviet Union organizing steamship tours, accompanied by orchestras and dance groups, whose goal it was to … Continue reading

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The Russian Embassy

I am planning to go to Ukraine soon. But who knows if there will even be a Ukraine left in a few months. Russia is coming closer, at least geographically. To be on the safe side, I want to apply for … Continue reading

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Montenegro by Train

The next train will leave at 10 o’clock, the lady at the counter signals by raising both her hands and stretching out her ten fingers, as if a robbery was in progress. The ticket for one of the most beautiful train rides … Continue reading

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