I have been in Romania for offically one week today! It is a beautiful country and I am having a blast. My host family is very nice and and cannot speak a word of english, except for "cool!" You can imagine our conversation the first night! The wife makes food 24/7 and the food is amazing. The meals consist of a lot of meats, potatos, tomatos, cheese, garlic, meats, cheese, bread and did I mention meat & cheese. They live in a huge apartment bloc left over from the communist era. The apartment itself is very small, yet very comfortable and very clean. I am able to walk to my training site, where I have four hours of language training in the morning and then fours of cultural training in the afternoon. The training site is a middle school where the Peace Corps has rented a bunch of rooms from them. Many of the kids in the hallways speak excellent english and are always saying "Hello" or "whats up." My Romanian is coming along but I still have a long way to go. Despite being an eight hour flight away from America there is a McDonalds & KFC right in town...one difference the KFC over here has a garlic mustard sauce that is to die for that is not in America. All of the youngsters in town dress very similar to the younsters in America and a normal pair of Levis are $250 over here! American pop music is everywhere over here...Akon & Nelly Furtado seem to be the favorites. There are plenty of internet cafes in town so computer access is not a problem at all. I will be here for the next 9 weeks so pleace keep in touch! Peace & Love
Nuroc - Alexandru
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I am here in Romania, my new home for the next two years! It was a long trip but well worth it....I got to drink a couple german lagers in Frankfurt at the airport and mingle with people from all over the world. The food in Romania is amazing, alot of pork, cheese and potatoos. Everyone is very friendly but look at us like we are different, which I guess we are! I meet my host family tomorrow who I will be staying with for the next 10 weeks! There is a lot going on in Romania right now...they just had a refrendum today on whether or not they should get a new president or keep the current one they have. I start my language lessons on Monday, I am very excited to learn the language because not many speak it around where we are, so communication is a challenge right now. Driving from the airport to the city we are in we past many homes that look much like one you would see in the foothills of Tucson, AZ but right next to them are literal shacks with no roofs. I also saw people walking bulls down the road, now that is something you don't see that everyday in the states! But the USA is never too far away, there is a KFC and McDonalds right next to our hotel!
Peace & Love - Alex
Peace & Love - Alex