We have spent nearly two years in Bucharest.
This is what that time looks like. This is what happened along the way.
Soundtrack: CCR's "Lookin' Out My Backdoor"
Aug 20, 2015 - Arrival in Romania
|Bine aţi venit!|
|Our modern apartment all ready to welcome the five of us.|
Aug 21, 2015 - First day of work - Non-Immigrant Visa Manager
Aug 29, 2015 - We lose "Daphne"
|There couldn't have been a worse way to start a tour. My sweet, funny girl at 17.5 years old.|
Sept. 11, 2015 - "Dodger" suffers a debilitating blood clot
|And then it got worse.|
Late Sept. 2015 - Step-daughter visits for two weeks
|Finally getting out into the country! Castle Peleş, Sinaia.|
Oct. 25, 2015 - First visit to the Danube
|Only the skies were blue at this Danube.|
|Oct 31, 2015|
I start chronicling the seasons through our neighbor's back garden. Thanks Şerban!
Nov 26, 2015 - Thanksgiving spent in Sardinia, Italy
|First regional trip to Sardinia. Off-season is the way to go!|
Dec 15, 2015 - Tenured!
Dec 25, 2015 - First Christmas in Bucharest
|Dodger is weak in muscles but strong in spirit.|
Dec 31, 2015 - New Year's Eve in Herastrau Park.
|Peaceful alongside the frozen lake.|
|January 9, 2016|
|January 16, 2016 - Still snowing.|
|I don't recommend ice fishing on an unseasonably warm winter day.|
Feb 16, 2016 - Trip to eastern city Iaşi for visa outreach.
|Trei Ierhari Church, Iaşi|
|Valentine's Day, 2016 and the snowdrops are lining the garden paths.|
April 4, 2016 - Rotate to Immigrant Visa Section Manager as Spring hits the city
|March 19, 2016 and the trees are starting to bloom, too.|
|April 2, 2016 and it's puffy white tree time of year!|
April 15-18, 2016 - Visit the interior of Transylvania: Sibiu and Sighisoara
|Transylvanian town and their backyard fortified church.|
April 30, 2016 First Romanian Easter
|Park Cismigiu Easter decorations.|
June 2016 - Vacation to Milos, Greece
|Exploring the beautiful island of Milos.|
|June 27, 2016 shady backyards are the way to escape the city heat.|
July 2016 - First trip back to US to sell old and buy new house
|Our new house - now rented.|
|July 30, 2016. Still hot, bring on the shade tents!|
Aug 14, 2016 - Weekend trip up the Transfăgărășan highway
|So steep I "hiked" on all fours up this mountainside. The view was worth it.|
Aug 21, 2016 - Dog days of summer at Snagov Lake
|Nothing says Romania like a guy with an accordion at a lakeside picnic.|
The cigarettes, swimming in your skivvies and the pile of trash also, unfortunately, say "Romania."
Aug 31, 2016 - Promoted!
Sept 4, 2016 - Day trip to Târgoviște
|View from Chindia Tower.|
|This isn't me and Rose, it's Brasov school girls staying in at recess.|
Late October 2016 - My mother and step-father visit.
|Old Casino on the Black Sea, Constanţa.|
|Nov. 13, 2016|
Dec 22, 2016 - We lose "Dodger"
|Good bye my dear, lovely friend after 18.5 years.|
Christmas 2016 - Step-daughter visits for second time
|Christmas Fair in front of the People's Palace, Bucharest|
Dec 26, 2016 - Visit to the far northern county of Maramureş
|The Merry Cemetary in Săpânța|
Jan 1, 2017 - Rotate to Fraud Prevention Manager
|Jan. 6, 2017|
|Feb. 11, 2017 Snow isn't going anywhere!|
Piața Unirii, Timișoara
|March 29, 2017 Finally spring comes!|
March 17, 2017 - Day trip to Câmpina
|Sanford and Son Romanian style.|
March 29, 2017 - Herastrau Park bursts into bloom
|Japanese Garden, Herastrau Park.|
April 12, 2017 - We lose my husband's father
May 5, 2017 "Toby" diagnosed with mesenteric lymphoma (i.e. cancer)
|But all in all - he's doing very well.|
April 2017 - Still riding after all these years!
|With the lovely "Feivel"|
April 30, 2017 - Roadside fruit stand season begins
|Crates of strawberries anyone?|
|We saw no fewer than eight wedding parties in the park!|
|May 27, 2017 Serban's cherry trees are full of fruit.|
Early June 2017 - Trip to Nikiti, Greece
June 10, 2017 Toby becomes "Captain Underpants"
|A little loss of bladder control, but hey, he's 19!|
June 19, 2017 Pack-out (our 7th, but who's counting?)
June 20-24, 2017 Husband takes trip to the Danube Delta
|Pelican and friends in Danube Delta near Murighiol.|
July 1, 2017 Last trip into the countryside
|Dâmboviţa County sunflower fields.|
July 4, 2017 Last hurrah - Embassy Independence Day party with 3000 of our closest friends.
|Ambassador Klemm and Mrs. Klemm with the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. |
Not sure who that lady in the red jacket is. Certainly isn't me. Nope.
July 7, 2017 We sadly head for the airport and close this Romanian chapter.
|We WILL be back.|
Seasons come and go and life continues for most - but not all - of us. Days are full of the daily grind of routine and the joy of the unexpected; the incredible sadness of loss and the marvel of new found beauty; arguments and laughs; embarrassment and accomplishment. People will inevitably ask me "How was Romania?", and the above images will flip through my mind like a deck of shuffling cards, but I will simply say it was wonderful.