Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Missouri of Europe

And I mean that as a compliment. I've been in Romania all week and must say I am impressed. The Romanians I've met are friendly, very competent, Bucharest is an enjoyable city and in general, life is good.

A dinner, hosted by IAEA, was held for us at a place called "The Golden Blitz" - a nice restaurant staffed by very attractive young ladies who started our night off with a dose of "Polenka" (I'm not sure of the spelling). Think of polenka as 1 part avgas, two parts distilled nails, with a hint of plum brandy to it. I was soon seeing two of pretty much everything. Then they a guy along with a band got up on a stage with a Zamfiresque pan flute and began playing 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters' - which beat the piped in music, such as "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" or a variety of Sinatra tunes.

As for their nuclear infrastructure - I am very impressed. They have a very professional set of folks in both the regulatory and testing parts of their shop. Once they finally get a good money-making project up and going (such as Mo-99 or n-doped silicon) I could see them building a fluorishing center here.

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