This is one of those rare occasions in life that only happens once. After living in Romania for one year, I have made strong bonds with my students and local friends. It seemed like I lived in two worlds 1) skyping with my family and describing where and who I live with, my students, Novaci, and friends 2) My Romanian friends and students always asked me about my family and if they will ever visit. Finally, during spring break my worlds met when my family came for a visit.
During the first half of the trip we traveled around Romania in our own MaxiTaxi (van), I showed them all of the lovely places I’ve visited and a couple of new ones. The second part of the trip, and my favorite part, my family came to Novaci to spent sometime with my host family, friends and students. For three days they met all of the wonderful people I have come to know very well. They ate traditional Romanian food and sweets, drank homemade wine, Tuica, cheese, milk and anything else that was made at home, played with our animals in the back, listened to Romanian music and above all laughed, laughed and laughed. I’m not sure how all of this happened because in most cases I was the only translator and with my broken Romanian I’m sure a lot of the main ideas were lost :(. On the bright side, Tuica and wine strengthen everyone’s comprehension.
I can’t get tired of saying that this was an incredible time, which I constantly relive in my mind. I have made Novaci my home and I am grateful to share it with my family. To all of those who made those days so special, I thank you a million times over.