This photo was taken in December 1989, just after the Romanian Revolution. I’m standing In front of the unfinished Casa Republicii (House of the Republic) in Central Bucharest a short time after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu. Casa Republicii, then under construction, was to be the new government center for the Romanian Communist Party. Ceausescu oversaw its construction personally, which essentially bankrupted the nation. It still stands as the world’s largest office building. But he never saw it completed. He was shot by a firing squad on Christmas Day in 1989.