Bucharest, Romania

When I walked into Hanul lui Manuc, I became lost in thought back to a long forgotten history lesson. It described the Western concept of time and how we see it as a linear function, on a straight line continuing into perpetuity. This lesson described the differentiation of the Eastern concept of time, redoubling back on itself like a loop or a cursive letter "e", written over and over and over. That concept seemed apparent to me as I watched the curved arches of Hanul lui Manuc on several floors continue onward as if to infinity. While no longer serving its original purpose as a caravanserai for protection and shelter, it was still repeating history, providing a hearth, community, and a meal for 3 weary travelers.