|Some of my Money Sense students had me pose in this Santa hat they brought.|
|Having dinner, desserts, and drinks at the Irish Pub|
|Have I mentioned how tall Romanians are?|
I can't believe I forgot to mention it in my last blog post, but on December 2nd, I got my residency permit to continue to stay in Romania for more than 90 days. I'd love to show it you, but I am sure it would be an awful idea to post a photo of my ID card online... Having my residency permit could be extremely helpful when I return from the US to Romania after Christmas, since the airlines sometimes won't let you on to the plane if your return ticket is scheduled for a date in more than 90 days, unless you have a residency card. I just squeaked by with 87 days from my entry to exit of Romania for this leg of my stay, so I didn't have any troubles, but other ETAs had some problems and were nearly turned away from their flights.
|The city hall wishes you a Happy New Year!|
Now from the title of the post, I am sure you have been expecting to hear about Christmas here and are starting to despair, thinking I have strayed away from the most heartwarming holiday season. Fear not! Constanta is all aglow with lights, and I paid a visit to the Christmas piata. What is so Christmas-y about this piata? Well...not all that much, but there were gingerbread cookies! Now, it may not have been very strong in its Christmas theme, but it had a nice variety that is missing from the other ordinary piatas. In fact, there were no fruit or vegetable sellers. Vendors sold meats, cheeses, candies, cookies, apple cider, tuica, palinca, carved wooden wares, ceramics, hats, scarves, preserves, and homeopathic remedies. I bought an amazing hat for myself. It is super fun and warm, and I love it! After seeing it, Achilleas and Giorgos decided they needed hats just like mine for themselves, so yesterday they each bought one, in gray.
|My new hat!|
|The Chrismas piata, at Casa de Cultura|
|I'm not sure if she's supposed to be a sugarplum fairy or a snowflake, but this little girl sure is cute in her costume!|
|On a completely unrelated note: Can you tell college students live here? (A view of a dorm window)|