First Impressions


I’m sure everyone is wondering how I’m liking Romania so far.  It’s kind of hard to say after just 2 days, but I thought I would give you some of my first impressions, some things I expected to happen, and some things I was surprised to happen.

So, ultimately, the first impression is that everyone I will be working with seems to be really friendly.  I wasn’t surprised that they would be friendly, but it’s always nice to find out you had correct expectations.  Everyone seems very helpful and excited that I am here.

The city doesn’t feel familiar yet, but I can get to the closest shopping center and back without directions/map.  I also took a cab to one of the big malls today.  It has many western stores, like H&M and Zara.  There’s also a Pizza Hut and a Starbucks.  I haven’t found the cheap coffee places yet, though.  I’m also eager to try some of the restaurants in my neighborhood.

I have had a few surprises.  The first was that one of my offices will be in an active psychiatric clinic.  I was told all the patients are medicated and the dangerous ones are locked up. I was also told patients rarely make it up to the floor where the offices are.  Hopefully I won’t have any stories to report about escaped patients lol.

Another surprise was that I was approached by Jehovah’s Witnesses yesterday while I was out and about.  I tried to politely say no, but I still ended up with a tract (and they happened to have one in English).  Romania is largely orthodox, and so the JH’s must be a very small minority.

I still have a lot to figure out: Where to take my trash, where the kitchen is in this building (in case I want to cook), where the post office is, etc.

I haven’t taken any pictures yet.  But, don’t worry!  Pictures will come!

Love you all!!  Wish you could come visit (you do have an open invitation if you get a wild hair, of course)

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  1. Dave Perkins · · Reply

    Staying tuned for more as the story unfolds!

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