So far, I love Romania! Since we can’t get in to work yet, we have just been soaking up the city. I am also loving my cute little communist bloc apartment. Here are a few pics –
My bed room
Our little kitchen
Our living room!
On our first big day, we went shopping at the piață (an open air market). There are vendors selling all sorts of fruits, veggies, spices, bread, meat, cheese, and other random trinkets. We made some of our first real purchases in Romanian! Mel was pretty excited about the bread, you can get a fresh loaf for about 30 cents!
It has been dang hot here, so after we made our purchases we got our first taste of Romanian ice cream. Soo good!
Yesterday we walked up to visit one of the monasteries in Iasi. On our way there we stopped at a cemetery and talked to the priest at the Orthodox Christian Church there (this is the predominant religion in Romania). He was so willing to talk to talk to us and was very helpful. Before we left he gave us all traditional Romanian Easter Eggs. They are all decorated with beeswax and then died red. This is because Mary, the mother of Christ had a basket of eggs at the foot of Christ’s cross and his blood dripped down, dying the eggs red. Here are our eggs!
On our trek up to the monastery we stopped at the top of the hill, you could see pretty much the whole city, it is so beautiful!
We finally made it to the monastery, The churches here are so beautiful. Here is a picture of one inside the monastery.
Last night we went to the Midnight Easter service. Everyone has candle that they light, symbolic of spreading the light of Christ. It was so interesting to see the service and how others worship. The service was beautiful and went till about 4 am, but we only stayed until a little after 1 am because we were so tired. Here we are with our candles after the service!
Overall, its been a successful few days! Tomorrow we travel to Moldova and Tuesday we are visiting the Botanical gardens. I love all this traveling but I can’t wait to start doing what I really came her to do!