Trip Start May 31, 2007
107Trip End May 20, 2008
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Had lunch at a non-descript place later on, listening to Mexican Cumbia music and enjoying an actual 'non-smoking' section. I was going to whip out something sharp if anyone dared to light up..but fortunately didn't have to. It was a brief respite from the typical Romanian culture of do whatever you can get away with...which apparently is rubbing off on me. I was waiting in a bit of a group for a coffee near the Castle at this cafe and suddenly this long line of well-behaved English tourists queued next to me...and of course, I was suddenly the person who wasn't in line. After a brief pleasant chat, one of the ladies let me when it was my turn and I got my cappuccino. Aside from the smoking issues, people are quite nice here and it really reminds me of Latin American...and all of you know how much I like Latin Culture...
We also saw the Sinaia Monastery today which had a large Orthodox church (biserica mare) built around 1846. As with most of the Orthodox churches I have seen here, there were spectacular (although a bit dark) paintings on most of the surfaces. Snuck a pic here and there and then wandered over to the smaller church built in the 17th Century which was unfortunately closed. Shoved my camera through one of the side windows and got a bit of a record of the interior
Last night my roomie and I relaxed and watched our extensive satellite stations...Grey's Anatomy..one of the best over-the-top american dramas, Scooby Doo and The Flintstones in Romanian...adds another dimension...and then Oprah...an amazing show about something called "The Forgiveness Project". Check it out here: http://www.theforgivenessproject.com/
Quite timely since yesterday was the anniversary of 9-11 and I think most of us would benefit from more forgiveness and compassion in our lives...
Head to Bucharest tomorrow and then on to Bulgaria...