First Impressions, Continued

It’s amazing what a few nights of sleep can do for a person.  I’m getting settled into this time zone, and my head is starting to unfog from the jetlag.  Now that I’m feeling more human, I’m starting to notice more things about the city.

First of all, there are a lot of hills.  These hills make for some great scenery, but they also make for some rough climbs.  This morning, I decided to walk to the psychiatric clinic.  It’s a little over a mile away, and the weather is nice.  So, I thought I would take the opportunity.  However, what I didn’t remember from when I was driven there on Friday is the street it is on has a very steep hill.  Needless to say, I was a little winded when I arrived.

Second, the city has a pretty distinctive smell, one I think I am going to come to love.  I don’t think I can describe it, but it has a hint of spice.  In addition, men apparently really like cologne.  Some men wear more than they should…however, there are only two or three scents (or at least two or three families of scents) that people seem to wear.  One of them reminds me of a good friend of mine, and I can’t help but smile anytime someone walks by with this particular cologne.

Third, I apparently have one of those faces.  No matter where I am in the world, I always get stopped for directions.  I got stopped this morning by a lady.  Unfortunately, I don’t speak Romanian, and so I couldn’t help.  I mean, Cluj is not exactly a multi-cultural city, but I don’t think I look Romanian or even Eastern European in the least bit.  On the one hand, it makes sense for people to assume that everyone speaks Romanian because there just aren’t that many people who don’t.  On the other hand, have you seen my face and the color of my skin? lol  I would love to test this out in a non-European country.

Fourth, I am apparently pretty allergic to some type of bug here (probably just because I’ve never been exposed to it).  I got a bug bit right on my cheekbone.  It’s red and puffy and looks more like I got punched in the face.  Luckily, no one has said anything, but I hope I don’t have to try to convince anyone that I haven’t been in a fight or worse.

Lastly, other than a very small handful, the TV shows on Discovery, Animal Planet, and National Geographic (the three non-news channels which are in English) are all complete crap.  Seriously, what is the point of Top Gear?  And is it really necessary to play three hours of Top Gear in a row?

Anyway, hope you are all doing well.  Love you lots.



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