Blogs from Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Transilvania, Romania, Europe - page 4


Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca July 31st 2008

Okay so I knocked out last night and didn't get a chance to write about the rest of my day. After I had a nap, I had my greatest accomplishment thus far; buying soap and shampoo at the local store. The girl who helped me was awesome and super nice. It's amazing what saying "I'm American" or "Sunt Amerikahn" (sp?) can do when you're totally confused. So once I mastered the art of Romanian grocery shopping.. I changed and awaited Ioana's return. Ioana and I decided to hit the town for a bit. While waiting, I made friends with a kitty who I named Ira... yea I don't remember why but it sounded good at the time. We tracked down the bus station but the ticket box was closed so we hopped on the bus and ... read more
Hotel Belvadere

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca July 31st 2008

Welcome to day 3!!! I started today off with an AMAZING breakfast of coffee and a pastery type snack which tastes something like a soft won-ton with cabbage inside. It sounds grose but throw some jam on that and boy is it deeeeelish! And I'm proud to say I've conquered Romanian coffe without sugar or milk!!!! Yay! As the students arrived, I first noticed that our size had grown!! Good news travels fast as we gained 5 new kids today!! We played tic tac toe and prepped for the day. We went outside and the kids started asking to play ratsa ratsa gooska from yesterday. I couldn't say no. After that we continued on to play Simon Says or Simon' Spine (Spee-neh). We would alternate between using english and Romanian. After that Ioana got the kids ... read more
The Class
Simon Says....
I came to America to...

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca July 30th 2008

So I just finished up my very first day with the kids, who are so awesome!! It's pretty crazy how many of them have never met an American, quite the responsibility to prove we're cool people. So, from the begining of the day.... We started out by introducing eachother and learning names. (as though it's not hard enough when the names are familiar in English....) Then we went outside where I tought them red-rover red-rover. the best thing ever was that they couldn't quite get the American "r" sound down, so they said land-rover land-rover. SO great! I then showed them duck-duck-goose which in Romanian is Ratsa Ratsa Gu(oo)ska. The kids enjoyed that greatly. We then wondered inside and we split the kids into 2 rooms so they would fit comfortably. There's maybe 20 kids so ... read more
Pictura Class/Vocab
What to do...

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca July 29th 2008

Greetings! I've survived my first day in Romania. It is about 9:30pm here and I just finished having some very fresh watermelon with the gentlemen that maintain the grounds. Sooo... how's it been so far? The plane flight was long but the layovers and customs thing were way easier to manage than I expected. I met my new friend Ioana (kind of like Joana) at the airport and the lady who runs the school Ancunta (yea, I don't know any sort of English equivilent). They brought me flowers from the field in front of the school which smelled AMAZING!Then we drove to the school/shelter. I got the tour of the town and grounds. It's kind of like mexico but older. When we got to the school they had a big lunch set up and to be ... read more
Plane to Cluj
Spreckens eh Deutche?

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca May 7th 2008

Before leaving Romania, we had two more stops to make to see a bit more of what the country was like when free of tourists. Cluj-Napoca is on the edge of Transylvania, pretty scenery on the way there of course, and a nice town when we got there. Despite the taxi driver who 'misunderstood' where we wanted to go (and made some extra money) it was a nice stop. A good hostel for the night, lovely buildings of course, and green parks. It cost to go into the botanical gardens, go figure, so we enjoyed the other parks for free, eating lunch and watching the locals. Wandering around a town is the best way of discovering it I think, and this place was no exception. Oradea is on the border of Romania and Hungary, and wasn't ... read more
Opera House - Cluj-Napoca
Finding a missing hostel...
Day 12, in our cool Hotel

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca October 19th 2007

Dear Diary, I survived Transylvania with only minor, non-scarring, difficulties, and I am now back in the Buda of Pest. So, here’s how it all went down…. Friday morning I awoke at the terrifying hour of 5:00 so that I could be at school ready to roll at 6:00. I was on time, running on about 3.5 hours of sleep. Instead of leaving on time we decided to wait around for FOURTY FIVE MINUTES for the losers who went out and got drunk the night before. I really cannot stand people who are so freaking disrespectful. This is when my first migraine of the weekend began to move in. The drive to Transylvania is supposedly about 9 hours. For us? Much much longer. I attempted to sleep for the majority of the ride, only waking up ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca October 19th 2007

Okay, I’m back again. So there we were climbing up the face of a castle, freezing to death. My fingers were pretty much just long slender flesh cubes. When I finally got to the top the wind was blowing so hard I thought it would catch me and throw me back off the side. The view however was beautiful. We climbed around on the castle for a while taking windy pictures then we walked back down the easy way. Once back on the bus we headed to yet another little town to walk around for about a half hour. This is where I was able to find a cheap pair of gloves that saved my fingers from further abuse. I also got a traditional-ish Romanian/Hungarian dress. Photo to follow…. That night we went out to a ... read more
Castle on a Hill
View from the top 1

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca July 16th 2007

HI ALL - I'm MUCH better today, YAY! Happy lucky am I? Don't think a day doesn't go by that I'm not grateful at my life...the travels, experiences, and THE PEOPLE! I miss all of you ... ! :) I have about 15 mins to type here - same story, I'll be back later to finish where I leave off. Romania has been an experience, to say the least. First of all, to not have to plan / do anything? Having Daniela, Mircea, and her beautiful (inside & out!) sister, Ella, take care of everything has been the HUGEST treat! As most of you know, I do my own thing "on the road," not so much planning specifics, but transport, accomodations, etc. are handled upon arrival. Due to it currently being "high season" (summer months), ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca July 16th 2007

Ok, I hope it's 2 of 2...and I can finish up the wedding details! I think I left off at the first stop...where we picked up Carmen and Simone, and of course, Mircea, the groom! Carmen is a friend of Dana's, they used to work together... and Simona is a cousin. Both speak English! Carmen spent a lot of time with us "Americans." She's not only beautiful, but also an absolute sweetheart, with a smile worth gold! She and Simona were dressed in elegant, green, summer dresses...beautiful. We met them at the first stop, along with Mircea, his dad...all his immediate/close-extended family. We went up to their apartment, which was on either the 3rd or 4th floor. There was a small "lift" (elevator), but everyone chose to march on up! Mircea wasn't even dressed when we ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Cluj » Cluj-Napoca July 15th 2007

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING from Cluj, all. It's 11:30am here in Cluj, and I've made it to an internet cafe when it's open, and when I've been available. Its been a couple days...and here goes! This is bound to be a doozie of an entry with so much happening... Ok, first things first...since it's in the forefront of my mind - - - Rudi. Rudi used to be the primary organist at St. Kilian's, the church I go to in CA, where I sing/cantor. He's been very sick for the past couple months, and I just learned via email that he passed away. One of the hardest things about traveling is something like this...leaving for several weeks, knowing someone is ill and that death, as difficult as it is to think about/consider, is a possibility. Or worse, ... read more

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