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Kara Nonnemacher at the peak of Mt. Peleaga in Retezat National Park, Romania. Nonnemacher, whose parents live in Two Harbors, is studying abroad for a semester in Romania. Submitted photo.

Romania: So much more than a fly-over country

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When I stand on the main road in Lupeni, Romania, and look up, I see a number of things. I see the mountains rising steeply on either side of me. I see the ruins of the coal mining industry, with obsolete smoke stacks reaching heights of 300 feet. I see scores of apartment blocks built during the communist period. And, on occasion, I see the crossing paths of jet streams against the untainted blue sky.


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