Monthly Archives: November 2013

Brace Yourselves: Winter is Coming.

I’ve only seen one episode of “Game of Thrones,” but I understand that “Winter” is a big deal on that show. In Romania, iarna is also a big deal. I’ve got several little “storms” brewing, along with the very real, physical, terrifying … Continue reading

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Mechanisms for Accountability: Parrots, Websites that Talk, and Frozen Fruit

“勉強しなさい!” That’s what the parrot used to squawk at my “big brother.” My “grandma” trained it to yell at him during his high school years when he was more into baseball than books. (Note: “Family members” from my childhood home, Japan, … Continue reading

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La lala la Lunch goes on…

When someone asks you over for lunch, there’s always the potential that “lunch” will last the better part of the day. I’m totally OK with that, especially if forming falafel is playing with food. Unsteady hands turn spoons into catapults. … Continue reading

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Gardening with the Boys

Yesterday I taught my 8AM US Constitution class in sneakers. I knew I wouldn’t have time to change before I ran to catch the 304 maxi taxi from Ovidius to the YWAM base for my second trip to garden with … Continue reading

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The Crown (and Goats) of Dobrogea

Ah, NATURE. For this city girl, it’s always a thrill to see any kind of farming/ranching/nature. Even the way my hands smelled like rancid cheese for an hour after I got to milk a cow last month made me smile. That’s … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing my questions about Constanța…

You’re welcome to laugh at me…but hey, if you know the answers to these cultural/weather conundrums, just comment… 1.) How far away from your residence can you walk in a bathrobe? I ask this in all seriousness. I’ve noticed neighbors … Continue reading

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Conversations about a Gypsy Girl

A month ago, I was in Bucharest with a friend of mine, a student of chemistry at the University of Bucharest. She stepped in as my translator/tour guide/Romanian teacher and it was a blast. While we were at the national … Continue reading

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