An American Diplomat in Franco Spain by Michael Aaron Rockland

By Michael Aaron Rockland

An American Diplomat in Franco Spain is stuffed with Michael Aaron Rockland's reviews as a cultural attache on the usa embassy in Madrid, Spain within the Nineteen Sixties. He captures episodes of historic and cultural importance as he is going approximately doing his country's company. a few of his tales are really poignant whereas others are really a laugh. He stocks together with his readers how he shunned shaking Francisco Franco's hand, how he spent an afternoon with Martin Luther King in Madrid, how his son was once chosen to be within the motion picture Dr. Zhivago, how he got here to grasp a number of Kennedys, together with Senator Edward Kennedy, Pat Lawford Kennedy, and Jackie Kennedy, and the way the U.S. unintentionally dropped 4 unarmed hydrogen bombs on Spain. all through those tales, Rockland explains Spanish tradition, previous and current, together with his reports regarding bull combating, being a Jew in a truly Catholic Spain, his love affair with Spanish nutrients, and what's misplaced in translation.

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Like many of the foreignlanguage programmes on Romanian TV, films at the cinema are shown in their original language with Romanian subtitles. Money Romania’s unit of currency is the leu (abbreviation RON) – meaning “lion” (plural lei). Coins (bani) come in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 50; and there are notes of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 and 500 lei. com. If you need to change money, you’re best doing so at a bank (banca); these are generally open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4 or 5pm. Alternatively, private exchange offices (casa de schimb valuta) can be found in most towns, some of which may be open 24 hours.

Entry requirements Citizens of the EU, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand can enter Romania with just a passport and may stay in the country for up to ninety days. Similarly, most other European citizens can enter the country without a visa, though can only stay for thirty days. However, visa requirements do change, so it’s always advisable to check the current situation before leaving home. Gay and lesbian travellers 42 The communist regime was relentlessly homophobic, and sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex were illegal.

Main bus and maxitaxi routes are listed in the “Travel Details” section at the end of each chapter in this Guide. All towns have local bus services, and in the main cities you’ll also find trams (tramvai) and trolley buses (troleibuz). 30) from street kiosks. Validate them yourself aboard the vehicle; stiff fines apply if you don’t. By car Driving in Romania is, on the whole, an attractive proposition. Outside the major towns and cities, you’ll find the roads relatively traffic-free, and many routes, particularly through Transylvania, are wonderfully scenic.

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