Tuesday, April 5, 2011

“il dolce far niente” = The joy of doing nothing

Homemade burgers. Tushi Doina gave us the pickles (which she actually pickled) last time we visited.

Helllo family/friends/strangers!
I've not posted in a while but I'm here now, so lets begin.

I heard that this would happen eventually. The change was gradual, and I still have much to learn, but I am slowly starting to feel like I have a life here instead of "just visiting". I am getting comfortable with the metro, and finding my way around town easily enough. Plus the weather is muuuuuuch warmer and conducive to long walks about town. I much prefer Bucharest with flowers instead of snow.

One thing that has also been a shock to my system is the way of life here. I'm learning how to enjoy doing nothing, or “il dolce far niente”. A friend mentioned the concept to me and said I should watch the movie 'Eat Pray Love'. Here is the clip which I think really hits the mark about Americans (or this one at least):

Oh yea, and I'm meeting new and interesting people! At one point the situation unfolded like this: An American, Romanian, Russian and German walked into a Hungarian restaurant for lunch. It sounds a bit like a joke, no? These are the kind of things I would never have experienced had I not come to Europe. Aside from volunteering at Salveaza Vieti (NGO), I'm involved with an organization that teaches English.

Lastly, here are some photos from the past month (or two).

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at: April 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM said...

"il dolce far niente"...that's what I aspire to learn. :) That clip from 'Eat, Pray, Love' absolutely inspired me to NOT want to be a 'typical' American. This was my facebook status when I first discovered the concept.

Is it so bad to want an extraordinary life of travel? Is it so bad to not want to be a pushy-overworking-constantly stressed American? Is it wrong to just want to live a carefree life of peacefulness, passion, and love? Sometimes, I think I was born in the wrong place....I wish to seek the 'dolce far niente' ...and become a master of it. ♥


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