Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Never expect anything

I'm in Romania now after 22 hours of travel (including about 7 of layovers). It's a a very cool experience. Being my first time out of North America (aside, I guess, from the Caribbean) this is the first time that I've been in a place where English was NOT the predominant language. Most of the people that are important to communicate with (customs police, taxi drivers, hotel reception, etc.) speak good enough English that you can get by, but most of the common people don't speak any English. It's a very odd feeling. You pretty much feel most comfortable saying nothing. I've learned a couple words "varog" (please) and "multumesc" (thank you), but even that isn't a guarantee... Apparently "multumesc" is the way they say it in the south part of Romania, but in the more Moldova/Ukraine influenced part of the country it's "bodoposti". At least that's what Christi the guy that served me breakfast this morning said. He was a VERY nice guy. I look forward to chatting with him the rest of the week.

This trip is RIPE for blogging thoughts (I'm keeping a little list), but for now, never expect anything. Christi asked me if I wanted an omelette for breakfast and I said that that sounded good. He brought me something that more or less represented an omelette but was clearly different. It defintely had eggs, cheese and some sort of meat. But it was all scrambled up and the meat... I don't know what it was; ham maybe? Whatever it was, it had a fair amount of fat on it. My "omelette" was tasty, but definitely not what I expected. Tomorrow, I'm going to get the "fried egg" how could that be much different?

I've got a digital camera with me, but it's one of those one time use cameras so getting to see any of this will have to wait until I return.


  1. Your omlette sounds like what I would call a spanish omlette...
    Enjoy romania!

  2. enjoy romania ...I am 100% sure that u will fall in love with it.....and it`s not going to be the fist and the last time u are going to be over there.....i don`t know if u`re still in romania...but as a little piece of advice...more u trust people with respect more u interact with them more they would love you....i`ve worked with americans in iasi for along time..and it`s not ur smile or ur clothes that make u different..or make u look as an american ..it`s ur attitude towards people....:) have fun