Professor (Emeritus) Duncan C. McDougall of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire Continues his Story.
(*A Romanian/English pun. Apologies to The Beatles.)
Thursday, July 31, 2014
"Nice pass, McDougall!" by Charles J. de Bisthoven
[Charles, a 21 year-old Belgian student of painting, and I met at a coffee-house/bar called Venus, about 100 meters up the street from the dormitory Economica, where I was living this past spring, in Cluj. My report on our meeting and trip to Suceava is found here. The following is Charles' viewpoint on those, and subsequent, events.]
Cum afost sborul la Boston? I hope you arrived allright and without problems (like a tornado or capricious weather); that you are well!
I wish to thank you warmly and a lot for this wonderful trip we made to Suceava with Simo! What an experience!
You opened my eyes on what a part Romania means, Maramureş, Suceava. I was amazed by and admired the wonderous landscapes, the beautifully crafted monasteries, your fearless driving, and by Mihai Moroşan and his wife Traudi.
I enjoyed a lot the visits of the monasteries of Putna and Suceviţa. I was touched by the churches' paintings, telling (in a sequential art way) tremendous stories in a quiet and wonderfully designed building. I remember this image of war with a castle that had blood flowing through the windows and saints overlooking, quiet faces on the sides, aureoles, halos and light all around, Mary, the Pentocrator over there in the churches' tower's ceiling... well, I was very impressed and wish to thank you for offering, setting up and driving all the way for these sights and meetings!
Simo, Mihai & Traudi but also a load of quidams on the way: the British couple from Hampshire, Ioan (your WBB - White Beard Brother), a couple of direction-indicating fellows and pretty ladies we met all along the way at our multiple coffee stops including a few girls at the Santa Fe, and the very-nice-smile lady at the counter desk!
Lots of very fine moments! Al lot of small ones (that mono-wagon train we met twenty times HAHA, the multiple stops as i said, a few bumps on the road making us feel alive! that taxi ride I barely remember (everything was blurry, you know...) from Mihai Moroşan's place to the hotel, landing there, roaming around it with Simo looking for blankets (while there actually were a bunch of them in the room - thats like the minibar we never met) and, of course, making friends at this party downstairs - but that remains quite blurry too. I sure was a lot of fun)). The big highlight of our trip is, of course, meeting Mihai Moroşan and his wife Traudi and spending a wonderful evening at their home full of icons! Traudi always makes me think of a lady (her exact Belgian style counterpart who took care of me in Belgium, strong willed, huge hearted and eat! eat! And in fact we ate so well! Man, I love Romania so much! Mihai is an incredible character. I was very impressed, meeting this crafted man and art master was very inspiring and motivating!
Mulţumesc again and again for these two days full of wonders!
I send you in attached a couple of photos from that small expedition i talked to you about, on the roof of Economica 2 via the ladder - short and nice moment, student style. I went there with a polish friend, Filip. Both of our girlfriends - Iliriana and Emese - were documenting the tribulation from the kitchen's window.
I am very glad that I met you, and proud to be your friend! I wish you all the best, from Transilvania.