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My search took me first to a different place, entirely, and, accompanied by a constant travelling companion, my English friend Rachel, I set out one early April day for Sighisoara in Mures, Transilvania, birthplace of the infamous Vlad Tepes, to meet one of the modern witnesses to a performance of the ancient pipers of Iasi ...

Sighisoara - the city gate. Top (far left) is Andrei Sorin Nicolescu's apartment
Sighisoara - the city gate. Top (far left) is Andrei Sorin Nicolescu's apartment

This simple meeting and interview proved more difficult than I had initially imagined. The man I was to meet, Andrei Sorin Nicolescu, was not at home, and mysteriously unavailable. People in the town seemed to mistrust me on mentioning his name, and, to be brief, our searches led nowhere. Four youths with a very hairy dog seemed to be hanging around -- and they looked distinctly un-Romanian.

Elica on the trail, but herself under surveillance
Elica on the trail, but herself under surveillance

I had Nicolescu's address -- an apartment high above the old cobbled town square -- and we made many visits to the door, but as our day of exhaustive questioning and frustration faded to darkness, we climbed the stone steps to Andrei's apartment one final time, hoping he might have returned from whatever mission had taken him away. This time, arriving under cover of darkness, the door to his apartment was ajar ...

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Copyright © 1 April 2004 Elica Lupus-Popescu, Cluj Napoca, Romania

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