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October 12, 2004

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Traveller

Dear Douglas:

Thanks for the wonderful history lesson. The boat crossing fee to me seems almost a little fantastic...unless, of course, you maybe look at this as the charge to take 4 people across.

I am continually amazed at how monks will suddenly appear out of seemingly nowhere and from beneath their black robes will produce some ancient key and allow the stray visitor access to their church. They are inevitably friendly, knowledgeable and just a delight to be with. Maybe they like seeing the visitors also...a mutually beneficial meeting.

I recently got the opportunity to visit the church at Densus while touring Hunedoara. Of course the kindly monk appeared to let me in, but what was most interesting to me was that the transepts that you would find supporting a Gothic church, (though this church was probably a couple of centuries before the High Gothic period of church design), were in fact Roman columns stolen and moved from Sarmizegetusa, the old Capital and center of Roman Dacia.

Interestingly, most of the people in Deva and Hunedoara donít even know, except vaguely, that these Ruins are there or their historical significance. They are just amazed that I find these places.

The old Capital of Dacia is now just a cornfield, the noble ancient Roman columns standing out among the stalks of ripening corn are a strong reminder of the impermanence of our hopes and dreams and desires. This was once the center of a flourishing culture, the center of Roman Administration, and now it is...a corn field, just an out of the way place for a searching traveler to sit and ponder and wonder over the amazing ways of the world.

Best Wishes,

Traveller

coturnix

Hey, just discovered youd blog. I am from Belgrade, so I found your first April 2003 entries most interesting. I am wondering how and why got there, who did you meet, etc. Use e-mail if you do not want to post.

coturnix

Hey, just discovered your blog. I am from Belgrade, so I found your first April 2003 entries most interesting. I am wondering how and why got there, who did you meet, etc. Use e-mail if you do not want to post.

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