moby and me: Easter Pilgrimage To Bucovina (part one)

Below, a little background music: moby, One of These Mornings:

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Easter Vigil in Bucovina

After an eight hour drive, I arrived at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Cacica (Kaczyka in Polish) just as the Easter Vigil service was getting started. Having fasted, I was looking forward to the late night supper waiting for me at Casa Antonio’s hostel-pension in Solca: ciorba radeautian– a traditional Northern Romanian soup. And since it was so cold (3 degrees Celsius), I hoped to find a warm bed too.

Yes, there is a website for the church in Romanian, Italian and Polish. Go here– if you can read any of these languages.

altar in st. mary's catholic church

Preparation of Holy Communion during the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s in Cacica

I had only planned to stay in Bucovina for three days, but I fell ill and stayed longer until I could travel again. Even getting sick seems to have been a good thing. Not at the time, of course. But now I view my getting sick as a completion to the purifications (mind-soul-body) that were necessary to any hope or opportunity for spiritual progress.

In the last ten years, I don’t remember being away from the computer and internet for so long. How I missed good coffee and tea!

I went on this Easter pilgrimage with few expectations. As I understood before I began the pilgrimage, small, modest sacrifices were to be made in terms of comfort, convenience, and style. Then, I spent a lot of time in a strange, hard bed with a high fever. And I spent a lot of time in the WC (toilet). But I did take some interesting pictures and I shot some interesting video with my Cannon G7 digital camera… on my rounds to the monasteries and churches.

NATO Summit

On the car radio, I heard W [President Bush] supports the creation of a Palestinian state. About time and, hopefully, not just more talk. The Palestinian state has been waiting to happen since 1937- if not longer. I wonder if W’s statement is a commitment of peace-keeping troops to ensure peace and security? Such a commitment could go a long way in building a worthwhile relationship between the West and the muslim world.

Dude, have you heard that W will be in Bucharest next week?

Next week is the big NATO Summit. That’s gonna suck. Traffic is going to be hell. And the big question is…

What will be the role and purpose of tomorrow’s NATO?

Questions about NATO have been floating for some time. See the clip below. 

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In a global perspective, where energy policy, information technology issues, and climate-concerns are the top priorities, NATO’s historic responsibilities to ensure the military defense of Europe seems outdated at times.

Worse, most of NATO’s European members lack the resources, innovation, technology and knowledge to assist in developing new security measures.

In an attempt to address a post Cold War world strategy, NATO did expan its membership to include Eastern European nations. However, it did so without clarifying shared interests and values OR expectations.

While Romanians, for example, theoretically celebrate the so-called security of being a member of NATO; they would be unwilling to spend money they need for domestic development on external NATO operations.

In the absence of strategic consensus, some now wonder if NATO will expand way beyond its original European scope and include countries in Asia and the Middle East? And, before, it expands again, will NATO’s present European members finally make real commitments and the, sometimes, tough compromises necessary to ensure a strategic fitness that NATO has often promised to pull together but failed to demonstrate?

Moreover, there seems to be a lack of coordination with the United Nations (UN) , European Union (EU), and other global organizations which seem less willing to partner when the going gets tough… or contribute financially to an effective management of NATO and NATO operations.

In fact, the lack of resolution and show of hands in Afghanistan reveals a sense of timidity, uncertainty, and dissent from members that makes me question the value of many European members.

Is NATO still in America’s best interest? How much does it cost us in dollars? How much does it cost our friends in France or Germany?

Now these are, really really, valid questions.

Not missing an opportunity to make some extra cash, one Romanian smecher is renting sniper positions on his terrace for the NATO summit:

“From my [apartment] terrace you have a clear view of the People’s House where the NATO 2008 Summit will take place between 2nd and 4th of April. I’m renting out space for whatever needs you might have: TV crew, sniper, etc.”

Schilling Last Night

moby writes:

“pre-order last night on itunes and amazon and all of the other nice places that allow you to pre-order music.”

Done.

By all means, schill Last Night as hard as you can, moby. How much hutzpah do you got? And while you are at it, put some new items in the shop.

In the meantime, we’re just gonna have to revisit some more of your past “stuff”. Hint. Hint. Time to get another video or two up to promote the release of Last Night next week. Help us to help you to make Last Night go viral.

Below, moby, This is My Dream.

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See pictures from my travels. Check out part two, here.

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About Stan Faryna

He is the founder and co-founder of several technology, design and communication companies in the United States and Europe including Faryna & Associates, Inc., Halo Interactive, and others.

His political, scholarly, social and technical opinions have appeared in The Chicago Defender, Jurnalul National, The Washington Times, Sagar, Saptamana Financiara, Social Justice Review, and other publications.

Mr. Faryna is editor-in-chief of Black and Right (Praeger Press, 1996), a landmark collection of socio-political essays by important American thinkers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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One Response to moby and me: Easter Pilgrimage To Bucovina (part one)

  1. adrianklein says:

    Good post.

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