Back home now after 50 weeks abroad.
I just finished a six-week journey across Europe to Romania, where I now am serving as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year. During the fall term, I’ll be in Bucharest, teaching at the University of Bucharest and at the National University of Theatre and Cinematography; during the spring term, I’ll be in Cluj, teaching at Babeș-Bolyai University.
For my May break before summer school, I spent 10 days in Belize, a former British colony (British Honduras) in Central America, and still a member of the Commonwealth. For me, this was a personal retreat: nothing planned other than reading, writing, and contemplation. Belize City is an inexpensive and direct two-hour flight from Houston, and a trip to this serene country can be quite budget friendly, if you stay away from the touristy stuff.
I spent my week of Spring Break in Costa Rica. For part of the trip, I reunited with Stuart Brown, a classmate of mine at UT-Austin in the late 80s. The country is beautiful but absolutely overrun with American tourists and, consequently, a bit pricey. Still, I’m glad I got to go and was particularly happy to reunite with an old friend.
by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee
Sam Houston State University
Erica Starr Theatre
February 17-20 at 8; February 20 at 2
Directed by David McTier
I spent the two weeks after Christmas in Russia, Finland, and the Baltics, visiting famous sites, enjoying delicious food, and meeting wonderful people. Great experience, but it was SO cold. Fortunately, my Russian visa is good for three years, so hopefully I’ll get to return in more comfortable weather.
For photos of my travels, please visit my Travel: Europe page.
Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg