The Transylvania Joem: A Young Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania

The End of a (Big & Beautiful) Chapter
September 3, 2010, 5:37 pm
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I’ve been back in America for about 2 weeks. I got home on a Friday the 20th, and ate a big Mexican dinner with my family. I partied on Saturday with a bunch of old friends, and moved up to Fort Collins, Colorado, on Sunday. On Monday, the 23rd, I began life as an official student, again.

Since then my life has been GO! GO! GO!– but in a good way.

None of this feels surreal, or heart-breaking. My time in Romania was perfectly ‘framed.’
I came. I saw. I experienced. I thrived. I loved and was loved. I grew and grew and grew.
And now the time has come to move on:

Closing time– time for you to go back to the places you will be from.
Closing time– this room won’t be open ’til your brothers or you sisters
So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits– I hope you have found a friend.
Closing time – every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

I love you, Romania. Thank you for everything.
And now I’m on to the ‘next crazy venture beneath the skies.’

Take care. Namaste & Numai Bine.
JoeM out.


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My name is Landon. I’m a PCV in Jordan. I’ve enjoyed reading through past entries on your blog. My wife and I are planning to travel Eastern Europe for three weeks in August, ending with six days in Romania. We’re looking for a place to be based out of, with places to visit in the vicinity. We’ll be going to Krakow, Prague and Vienna, so a city escape isn’t really what we’re after. I’ve looked at Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu. We’re very open to suggestions.

I know that you are an RPCV, so I thank you in advance for any time taken out of your busy schedule. If you are able to take the time, please e-mail me at Thanks,

Landn Grindheim

Comment by landonandjana

Travelling around Romania usually leaves you with that feeling…

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