I spoke with two special cousins/friends this afternoon and we seemed to end up on the topic of what is different here and things I miss. So I thought I might try to make a list...ya'll know how much I LOVE a list!
In the home:
Clothes dryer - I could literally HEAR Stephen put on his freshly washed jeans this morning in the dark!
Box Springs - They only have the mattress part. Ok but not what I'm used to having.
Light switches in the "right" spot - switches here are above my eye level and seem to be behind doors around corners, in very awkward spots
MY oven - this one has no temperature gauge and gets very hot (at least 400 degrees even on the lowest setting)
Charmin - 'nough said!
Bi-lo - Where I know where everything is or I have a good idea where they would put a new product (Hey James!)
Cashiers - it's bag your own here and most will just sit and wait until you get your stuff bagged so they can ring up the next person
Personal space - there is none here!
Making a grocery list without the assistance of the translation dictionary
Being able to read the directions on a product.
English units - How much is 300g REALLY?
Odds and Ends:
Feeling like part of the group - not hearing ANYONE speak your language while out in public leaves you feeling very isolated and distant.
People in general don't return smiles.
Going to church where I know the majority of the people in attendance. (We have a very friendly church and great Pastors but I still have lots of people to learn names and faces)
Having to use cash everywhere and no debit card (there is an international usage fee)
Smoking - lots of smoking in public - non smoking sections don't really exist here.
Things I like very much about Romania:
Public transportation - I've really never liked driving anyway!
Feta Cheese - outstanding, this is my new snack of choice...an apple and a slice of feta
The produce - and according to the locals we haven't even gotten to the good stuff yet!
The Piata (Farmer's market) - it's hard to get my order across and pay, but man is is worth it!
Being able to walk to the park
Fornetti - a small pastry, like a crossant with different fillings
Hearing the vonage phone ring!!!
I think that's all I can think of for now.
It comes down to this...what I miss most is all of you and not things. I like that a lot.
I love all of you,
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