In other news, we met a British fellow who's been living in Romania for 18 years as a missionary. He must be one devoted man. He was doing some bible exhibition in the mall which he invited us to, but we got there too late so we didn't get to see it :( Oh whale. It was still cool to talk to the British guy and hear his british romanian accent.
Well, here in Romania, basically everyone has their group of friends that they hang out with, so usually you'll see big groups of guys just standing around and talking to each other. When I say talking, I mean pushing each other and laughing and just horsing around like young men do. Normal. There's a word in romanian: smecher, which describes these guys perfectly. There's no translation into English, so I'll try to describe it. It's basically like a sneaky and sarcastic attitude that you use to make fun of people or just mess with them. It also has other meanings but that's the one I'll focus on. And you can use this word also to describe a person. So we call those groups smecheri (plural for smecher). So anyway, we were walking doen the street past a group of smecheri and then one of them called out to us. I turned and saw that it was one of the guys that I had talked to on the bus before. So we talked for a minute and usually they just make fun of us the whole time when we talk to smecheri, and they started to, but once they found out that I was keeping up with them and being a little smecher back, they immediately did a 180 and accepted us into their group. They're like you know romanian so well! How did you do that?? Then they were showing us their music complete with dance moves and handshakes. I was even called my brother multiple times and we were invited to clubs with them as well, but we're missionaries so you know we had to decline. But it just goes to show that the way into someone's heart is to relate to them. When they see us on the streets, we're just pocaiti to them, but once we started talking to them, they realized that we are actually brothers.
Two Truths and a Lie
Okay so last week, we didn't see Smiley, din pacate. All the others were true though!
So this week:
- I watched 2 goats headbutting each other on the street
- I met a guy who looked EXACTLY like Mark Wahlberg
- I wore a crown of thorns