Today was the first morning I woke up in Constanta. Mihaela brought me to the piata, the market, to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from local vendors, some of whom grow the produce themselves.
|At the piata|
At the piata I bought some local honey, some beans, an onion, and some garlic.
|The beans, onion, and garlic I bought at the piata.|
Next, we went to the university where I will be teaching. I met many professors in the English department, saw the classrooms where my classes will be held, and got a tour of the American Corner library and study center. I found out that I will only be teaching on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which means I can spend my 5-day weekends travelling if I want.
On the way back to the apartment, Mihaela showed me a street where there are a lot of small shops in one area. There are produce stands, a pastry shop, some mini-marts, a butcher shop, a dairy where you can get fresh milk bottled for you from a barrel. There's also a bank, a cell phone store, and a clothing store.
Then I returned to my apartment. I haven't showed you pictures yet, so here's what the outside of the building and the hallway look like. I figured I should make you love the inside before you saw the grizzled exterior.
|The main entrance to my building. It photographs well; the camera is generous.|
|My apartment is the one on the second floor|
|From the hallway, looking at the entrance|
|Looking up the stairs. My apartment is the door in the right hand corner.|
|Looking up at my apartment building|
|The beach is a bit shell-covered|
|The first sea glass I've found that's actually from the sea.|