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My Fulbright colleagues in Iași (from left): Priscilla Lee, Ellen Peck, and Leo Zonn.

Once my production opened, I had several days free, so I headed to Iași, the largest city in northeast Romania (Moldova) and the home base for three of my Fulbright colleagues. The city’s location makes it seemingly less accessible, and the cheap train and bus rides are too long; however, there are plenty of short and inexpensive flights from Cluj and Bucharest.

In front of the National Theatre.

I didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by what I found. The city has a much more “open” and accommodating feel than I had experienced in my own two bases. Certainly, Iași must have its share of problems and undesirable areas (my colleagues confirmed this), but my visit was filled with comfortable, sunny touristy days and three nights of food and fellowship. In short, it was exactly what I needed after the stresses of my musical “intensive.”

Rather than wax on about my stay, I’ll let my pictures do the talking. Enjoy!