Tags: Adventure, City Life, Europe, Expats, Home, Romania, Signs, Transylvania, Travel
June 16: Away we go.
La revedere, Cluj-Napoca. We’ll see you again. We will.
Tags: Children, Europe, Expats, Goodbye, Kids, Party, Romania, Transylvania, Water Cooler, Work
June 15: 9 to 5.
The goodbye party at Daddy’s work was not nearly as interesting (despite the beer cans with the bear on them!) as the water cooler, ping-pong balls, and strange glass doors that wouldn’t open without a badge-swipe.
Tags: Children, City Life, Europe, Expats, Friends, Language, Outdoors, Romania, Transylvania
June 14: Swingers.
A Romanian-Hungarian friend invited us over to her house to say goodbye today. Even though we had very few words in common, some things were easy to understand, despite our language differences: her puppy, two pet bunnies, fresh cucumbers, sliced bread, strawberry cake, shade from a cherry tree, and porch swings in the afternoon sunshine.
Tags: Cooking, Culture, Europe, Expats, Food, Friends, Indian, Romania, Spices, Transylvania
June 13: In the palm of your hand.
I spent the afternoon at a fellow expat and Indian native’s house enjoying cuisine from South India. She prepared it all, from a chicken stew to a lentil pudding to two kinds of chutney and a buttermilk aperitif. It was delicious! And it was a wonderful (but sad … tears were shed) way to wrap up my involvement with the international community of women here in Cluj.
Tags: Cats, Children, City Life, Costume, Europe, Expats, Play, Romania, School
June 12: Cat calls.
Lollipop had her end-of-year show at preschool today. She and her 17 classmates dressed up like cats, recited poems, sang songs, and danced a blue streak to classics like “Rhythm Nation” and “So Long, Farewell.” And then they got diplomas and graduation caps to officially commemorate the end of preschool and the beginning of elementary school. Luckily, I was too busy fiddling with the camera settings to get teary-eyed.
Tags: Children, City Life, Costume, Europe, Expats, Kids, Penguins, Play, Romania, School
June 11: Happy feet.
Giggles and his preschool colleagues had their end-of-year show today. Imagine 12 four-year-olds dressed like penguins … and the reality was a thousand times cuter than that!
Tags: City Life, Custom, Europe, Expats, Family, Friends, Goodbye, Party, Romania, Tradition
June 10: Bye-bye, bunnies.
In true Romanian style, we threw ourselves a going-away party on Sunday. Despite trying to give away many of our things, we were inundated with thoughtful, personal, touching gifts, from an ostrich egg to this book of Romanian photographs being inscribed by its giver. It was a wonderful, albeit bittersweet, party.
Tags: Children, Europe, Expats, Family, Kids, Outdoors, Play, Romania, Water
June 9: Water, water, everywhere.
Giggles + 2 friends + 1 big kid named “Daddy” + 1 water hose + 2 water guns = 1 big, fun, soaking mess!
Tags: Cherries, Europe, Expats, Fruit, Harvest, Nature, Outdoors, Romania, Summer
June 8: Cherry happy.
It’s cherry season! (And we’re doing our best to eat a few bushels before we leave.)
Tags: City Life, Europe, Expats, Nature, Outdoors, Rain, Romania, Summer, Transylvania
June 7: Drop everything.
Nearly every afternoon here begins with a summer rain shower. And afterward, the air is cool and (mostly) sweet. I love it. I will miss it. I am not looking forward to going back to a place where the only thing rain does is turn the city into a sauna!