Sunday, December 19, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

This past weekend I was able to spend some time in Timisoara with PCVs Katie and Ellis as well as my counterpart and his wife, Vali and Ionela.  There was a beautiful snow almost all weekend so we decided to go out and take some pictures and visit the Christmas village set up in the center.  We bundled up (it is FREEZING here) and set off.

Bundled up, hanging out in a piata.

Katie and I in the center--in the back you can see the Cathedral.

Explaining to Ellis that this was the start of the '89 revolution. I was showing him bullet holes in the buildings.

I was wearing hiking boots and it was still slick--man down!

ANY meat you could ever need being sold in the center.

La Multi Ani! Goes for Happy Birthday, or any congratulatory saying really.

Walking towards the center of Timisoara.

While we were walking in the center, I was talking to Katie when I heard another couple say in English, "Are those Americans?"  Now finding Americans is rare here in Romania, so I turned around quickly and said "Yes! We are! Are you!?" And sure enough, they were. And not only were they Americans, they were from MY CITY IN THE STATES and they had gone to rival High Schools!  Shocked, I about died when the guy said, "Oh, and I was a Peace Corps Volunteer too!" What are the odds?? Apparently he was a volunteer in the Republic of Moldova and completed his service in 2003, now working for the government.  What a small world.

Another highlight of the weekend-my tree is up and decorated! (Pictures to come soon)


My parents come in exactly 7 days!!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi there, I was also a PCV in TImisoara 07-09! Interesting pics of Timi as I'm sure it's changed a lot since I was there. I'm glad it snowed as I have some great pictures of snowing in my former town too. I remember the second winter I didn't turn on the heat and wrote a SPA grant with gloves on. Haha hope you had a fun time in my (former) city!