Romanian lessons

  • When Romanians assure you, “Yes, yes, yes; it is okay, do not worry,” four out of five times, it will indeed be okay; the fifth time will provide material for a very good story if you survive.
  • Winter weather requires that you wear a very puffy coat, keep your phone in the pocket of that coat and wrap your hand tightly around that phone – as cell phone batteries were not designed for Romanian winters.
  • Romanian students using the phrase “and stuff like that” is the equivalent of American students using the phrase “you know.”
  • Walking a mile, one way, to the grocery store isn’t that big a deal; walking a mile, one way, with groceries is incentive to keep the shopping list short.
  • It is indeed possible to have too much orange in one dwelling space.
  • Despite driving like the proverbial bat out of hell, Romanian drivers are surprisingly adept at avoiding other cars and continuous potholes but that knowledge does not always lessen the heartbeat-skipping trauma of the ride.
  • Bucharest taxi drivers have a curious reluctance to actually drive their taxis with you in it; Cluj taxi drivers only exhibit such behavior outside the airport.
  • It’s only official if it’s stamped – emphatically – and signed multiple times.
  • Romanian fashion is sort of cool, usually attractive and always interesting.
  • It is always a good idea to order the lemonade, preferably with mint.
  • Fresh cherries from the market are delicious; fresh cherries from the roadside stand are divine.
  • My attempts to speak Romanian qualify as both hilarious and unintelligible but I got student approval for my multimesc.
  • I do not like stairs and I’m not particularly good with them, whether upward or downward, but, by god, I’ll climb stairs if the other option is to stay firmly planted on the ground.
  • Students are students, whatever the country.
  • I am better at pedagogical thinking on my feet than I give myself credit for being.
  • Sometimes, you really can’t get there from here.
  • I will buy books, language barrier notwithstanding.
  • It makes a lot more sense to charge the exact price listed on the menu.
  • US portion sizes are just ridiculous.
  • Having a better balance between professional and personal is easier when living in a country that values the personal.
  • Travel is one of the best things life on this earth offers to us.