Friday, October 10, 2008

some reasons i know i'm back in romania..

-- sometimes i turn on the hot water and it just isn't there. guess i'll shower tomorrow..

-- regardless of how cold or wet it is, there are always people out walking

-- my brain is overwhelmed often with a language i didn't know two words in a few years ago

-- cars and people don't get as much space here .. small streets have cars parked, cars coming down them, and pedestrians on one or both sides. people are still safe .. but i must be very attentive as i cross the street

-- seeing men 'using the facilities' on the edges of public space has again become a common occurrence

-- i spend at least half an hour each day walking. the average is probably closer to an hour per day. and that's considered fairly normal :)

-- trams and buses are again easily accessible and useful modes of transportation

-- the market full of fresh produce is just about ten minutes from my place. on foot. and it's open every day!

-- it is the season to prepare for winter, so the smell of roasting red peppers (that will be frozen and eaten when fresh produce isn't so accessible) is everywhere. it's a wonderful smell .. and a good reminder that the seasons are changing

2 comments:

Becca said...

This post seems a little depressing! I guess not all of these things are negative, but I thought at first, from your title, that you were writing about why you know you are supposed to be there in Romania... I hope you are getting some signs of that, too.

Abigail said...

hey becca .. sorry about the more negative side to this post. dealing with culture shock, the negative side is more readily apparent. as for signs i'm supposed to be here .. there are enough to keep me here.