Tuesday, January 25, 2011


We've just returned from a week long stay in Mediaş , Romania. It is a town of about 65,000 people in the Transylvanian region of Romania. Meeting family and eating new foods (everyday) took a lot of energy. By the train ride back all I wanted was to have a meal placed in front of me that A) I recognized B) could pronounce C) knew for certain that I liked. Whining aside, I was really happy to meet Cata's mom, Viorica and the rest of the family.

Highlights of the trip:
-Drinking plum brandy at a table with Cata's uncles.
-Drinking fantastic Romanian wine (also at the table, frequently)
-Fresh made bread daily
-Visiting a village founded before America was discovered.
-Sitting in Cata's hometown Greek-Catholic church. Just briefly- we didn't catch the full 2hr service. Whew.
-Seeing a beautiful Romanian landscape through my train car window.
-Eating rooster heart. It was in my soup, as I was a special guest.

Now for the fun part, the trip in pictures:

Traffic jam on the drive back to Medias (coming from another village). Honking helped.

Scenic drive to the village of Zlagna, in Sibiu county, Romania. Strange to see the sky match the ground exactly. Sun, what sun?!

Billa is the big grocery store in town. It is about a 8 minute walk from Catalin's mom's house to the store. Saw these boys on the walk over.

This is the city center. Not seen in the picture is the quad where there are trees and benches.

Downtown Medias.

Downtown Medias.

On the train. The trip is shorter by car but we dont have one of those. Train it is! 7hrs one way. Yikes.


at: January 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM said...

amazing photos, vivian! It looks like you're having a blast! Take care.

Mito Habe-Evans says:
at: January 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM said...

AAAAGGHHH! That plum brandy fire-water that burns the lining off of your throat!

i love the old buildings, they have so much character, and the sheep, why do i just want to run and jump into that giant cuddle-puddle?

Vivian says:
at: January 26, 2011 at 3:42 AM said...

Mito, unfortunately that cuddle-puddle smells like sheep shit. Otherwise it would be the very best cuddle-puddle.

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Girl meets boy.
Love strikes.
Boy moves to Romania,
girl (now engaged) follows suit.

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