On our way from Bucharest to Lupeni today we stopped in Targu Jiu to view the Endless Column sculpture by Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, the "father of modern sculpture." (background of photo)
We also visited the Horezu Monastery, built in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancovan.
In a turn only available in the twenty-first century, we also enjoyed at least 6 episodes from season three of NBC's "The Office" while tooling through dark countryside after our sightseeing.
Our arrival in Lupeni was exciting - the Christmas lights are still strung across the main street, and the Pizza Planet served us a wonderful dinner. Odd juxtapositions continue as most of us are housed in former communist block housing apartments, but this professor and our two male students Eric Stehouwer and Sawyer Koops are being pampered at a former bed and breakfast just outside of town - a hyome now owned by the Bates after a wonderful fund-raising drive by their stateside (and other) donors.