In January I went to Romania, for the third time, in order to undertake a study for my linguistics dissertation on the affects of gender on SLA. It was my first ever solo flight! In which I drove myself to the airport, navigated my way through the airport on my own, and even survived the flight without panicking too much! It was scary flying alone, and it landed on snow!! However, I am glad that I did it, and I feel more confident to do so again in the future.
I arrived in Romania when it was Unification day, a special holiday, which was further extended to Tuesday meaning that the children and teachers had to attend school on a Saturday to make up for the lost day! I stayed in Bacau Romania, which was so so soooo cold, I thought England was cold in winter but Romania is much colder. I was fortunate enough to be put up by the lovely Ina - who is so kind and caring and such a passionate and inspirational EFL teacher! I also met another lovely lady called Cathy, who was kind enough to take me out of an evening - and we had many funny adventures!!
I went to a Romanian school, which was so different to ours back in the UK - but it was a great experience! I also visited Ina's very own English language centre, which was so lovely! I really enjoyed being in the centre and getting to work with the children - I felt famous because they were all so excited to see an English person haha! Bless them!
When I was not in a school environment, I managed to have a few trips:
Iasi Palace of Culture and Mall
Traditional Romanian Restaurant
Walk Around Bacau & Cinema
I had such a lovely time in Romania with Cathy and Ina! Unfortunately, on my return home I found out that my Nanna had passed away - which was awful since only 8 weeks previously we lost my Grandad.