|Enjoying a huge, delicious meal in Bucharest.|
And a couple more photos from our delicious Romanian meals...
|Beef sour soup, lemonade (very popular in Romania) and pickled veggie salad.|
|Beef goulash, ribs, polenta, liver and minced meat rolls in cabbage leaves (sarmale de varza).|
Here's a photo of me about to eat a pretzel...
|Our subway stop.|
Trains painted on a wall...
I thought this was funny...
|On the front of a car. I don't know if it means the same thing as it does to Northern Californians.|
We visited her old stomping grounds: The University of Bucharest, where she studied English and German.
|Garbage disposal in Bucharest.|
We visited one of Monica's old friends, George, at work.
|Pretty nice smoke break location.|
|This is a gorgeous dress Monica tried on at the mall. Unfortunately she didn't buy it. We're poor travelers...|
|Drinks with Monica's mom, dad and brother.|
|Monica and Florina.|
|Scary DJ, dressed up as Amy Winehouse.|
The sun came up!
Monica, her mom, brother, friend Ana and I took a trip up to the mountains for a peaceful weekend out of the city.
|Inside a church.|
I'm glad we had a chance to get out of the city for a couple days. I had no idea the Romanian countryside was so gorgeous.
We had a bit of a tough time saying "goodbye" to Monica's mom. Even I teared up a little! I think it was the realization that our trip was coming to an end and we would be going back home soon.
|Monica and her brother, Florin.|
After hearing so much about Romania from Monica during our travels (and in San Francisco), it was great to experience it first-hand. I finally understood why Monica went on and on about Romanian food--it surprisingly lived up to the hype. Excuse me while I go look up Romanian restaurants in NYC...