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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Back in school! My first official language lessons today and homework tonight. This is a jam-packed 10-week course--both exhausting and exhilerating. After the 8:30 to 5:00 day, I managed to find my way back home, walking through city central, and then meet a friend to shop for a few items at a supermarket and then go for a Turkish coffee. Martha spied the sign and we went up some rather mysterious stairs to a cafe pulsing with lounge music and well-adorned with big hookas (sp?) and vague young men. We didn't care; we were tired and wanted coffee, so we settled into the plush, red leather, kidney-shaped sofa and savored the rich coffee we were served. It was enough to get us back to our respective apartments. At least, I think Martha made it back; she's a resourceful 61-yr. old who has been in Romania many times since her son married a Romanian. We compared stories about our sons and their respective Eastern European wives. She's as delighted with Lavinia as I am with Magdalena. I'm gaining more appreciation for this fascinating country as we learn the language, meet the people, and hear the history. But I've got a long way to go. Attrition rate is about 30% world-wide for Peace Corps "drop outs" during training. We've already had one. But I'm betting my group will come through with a better percentage. We've been praised at every juncture for our energy and spirit. Well, homework calls. Pa pa ("bye, bye") from this corner of the world.


  1. I thought for a minute that you were about to post some will story about being abducted by aliens (or vague young men) in a Turkish coffee house. Instead, it sounds positively delightful. Please, tell us more!

    And pa pa to you, too!


  2. Oops -- make that a WILD story!

  3. Thanks for the Turkish coffee story. YOU won't be a drop-out. You have too much spunk!

  4. Great posts, Clela! I look forward to hearing more about what you're learning and doing. Lots of people here asking about you, so we need more to talk about.