Romania after the 1989 revoultion

On December 17, 1989, the flame of Romania’s Revolution against communist rule was ignited by the first street demonstrations in the border city of Timișoara. Until then, due to the severe oppression of General Secretary Nicolae Ceaușescu’s communist regime and security, Romanians hoped for such a change only by witnessing what had been happening in … [Read more…]

What is Portugal’s Festa do Avante!

Cruising past the Ponte 25 de Abril, which, when I squinted, could have been the Golden Gate Bridge I’d left back home, I wondered if my passport might burst into flames. I was going to a communist festival in Amora, Portugal, hardly the sort of festival I’d envisioned myself attending during my summer in Lisbon. … [Read more…]