Our arms interlocked tightly at the elbow. We stared downward in the chilly, quiet living room when an improbable question broke the silence. “Did you touch her yet?” my wife, Oana, asked as tears streaked down her high cheekbones. “She’s still warm.” Mama Ana, as she was known, my wife’s 82-year-old grandmother, died hours earlier in her small, century-old stone farmhouse in the Romanian countryside. We journeyed 7,000 miles from … [Read more...]
Andy Trincia is a writer based in Sacramento, Calif. His work has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wichita Eagle, The News & Observer (Raleigh), Florida Times-Union and Calgary Herald; National Geographic’s Glimpse; Globe Trekker’s Pilot Guides.com; Peace Corps Writers.org; Peace Corps Worldwide.org; Carolina Alumni Review; and Northeastern magazine. Trincia lived in Romania for nearly four years in stints as a Peace Corps Volunteer and expat. He travels there regularly.