Today was "Visa Day"! The office Elders took us all over Bucharest to jump through government hoops so we can be legal residents. We had physicals which consisted of taking our temperature (Armpit...are you kidding me?) and pressing on our foreheads (sinus problems?) and tapping our knees (reflexes?). The good news is we're in perfect health! Next stop, a bank where the Elders stood in an hour-long line to pay our visa taxes. The last, and final stop was the police station where the line was short and the wait was, and I'm not making this up, 3 hours! We stood there the whole time and had a great conversation with the Elders! We even gave out a Pass-along card to the woman in back of us! Pages of documents were presented and looked over by a very official person. Questions were asked in Romanian (thankfully the Elders are standing by) and finally, a photo was taken. That was the hardest part. Just try to look into a camera and not smile! She looked annoyed when she had to retake it! The "take a number" technology has not made it to Romania! I'll never complain about the DMV again!
Block houses. This is our view as we sit at our dining room table. We live in one of these.
Great Romanian architecture! This is a bank.
A great restaurant ("probably the best in town").
The pastries and breads are fabulous!
You're probably wondering if this is a sightseeing mission. No! We are busy looking over past projects and getting our feet on the ground. Our trainer from Frankfurt will be here on Sunday for 4 days. We have until then to find our way around. Then, the REAL fun begins!