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Words from jimiyo: A Very happy shirt design! Make a face like the bear, and say how you feel, which is, "I WANTZ IT!"
What's going on: A lot. I'm going to start preparing for my exam to become an English teacher here in Romania-that will take a looot of effort as I got so lazy when it comes to learning stuff after 17 years of study. Maybe that's why I want to take the other side of the barricade and make school more fun for the students.
By the time this shirt hits the furyans maybe the whole ordeal will be over with, let me hope for the best. Also, freelancing is good with me, gotta love working from home when you want to, what you want to-well, most of the time what you want to, other times you just gotta take jobs that pay the bills, we all know that. Makes me happy that I found the solution to NOT working the boring 9-5.
Most of us are in the US. Can you tell us where you are, and more about it? Romania. It's a wonderful country. The national joke goes like this: When God created all the continents and stuff he made a mistake and put all the natural resources/grandiose views, etc one could want in this place. And then, realizing this mistake, he gave the place to Romanians. Long story short, indeed things could be a lot better but the place is swarming with greedy bastards and progress is so slooow. Not getting into politics, but we are royaly screwed. It is a great place to visit tough, you really can see a lot of great stuff- yet people have no clue about it. Other countries make it through turism alone. We have a lot of potential, yet so very little is exploited.
(the three landscape pics courtesy of my good friend http://dorucreo.deviantart.com/gallery/#Landscapes)
I was raised at the countryside (the mountain views are from around my village), then went to school in the city at 13. It helped a lot being raised in such an environment, I got to learn how to treat people and not be an asshole. (the next part of the interview shows what a "nice guy" I am when talking about my people, oh the irony).
What's the culture like there?
I have the tendency to be very pissed when I talk about stuff I don't like about my country, so I'll try to be a bit positive. The people here are great, most of them - positive and polite. We are, however, heavily influenced by the stuff we get from the media, and while this has a positive effect on some, others are plain stupid and just go about imitating things they don't understand.
As for the cultural life,I was never all that interested in taking part in some of these activities (although, remember, I am a bachelor in Letters) because it seems too stiff and formal for my taste. We do have some very good thatrical performances, and talented artists in all the fields, yet the only guys that get massive media coverage are the mediocrities that can "sing" half naked or have more money and girls then others...the mondain scene is ridiculous, and the tv is flooded with such petty characters.
The pop culture here is mainly focused around such TV covered conflicts between ignorant, wealthy people. I want to live in a place where TMNT or Batman references on a T-shirt are not the stuff one guy out of ten gets.
It's not all bad, but it could be better. Way better.
I have a feeling i missed the point of the question. /end rant
What's your favorite meal there?
There is one place where you can get an amazing plateau with traditional food, it's a huge dish of awesome stuff: Grilled sausages, rustic potatos with garlic, stewed cabbage, grilled meat, rice, and "mititei" which are some sort of grilled minced-meat rolls ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mititei). I love those guys:)
We have great food, prepared from organic ingredients at decent prices, that's one of the reasons I love this country. Yet, I love it so much I have a tendency of putting on weight.
I also love Pizza (who doesn't) and Asian food.
What's a typical meal there?
The typical meal consists of three dishes: Soup or "ciorba" (sour soups, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciorba), then the first course (usually some meat and some veggies cooked as garniture) and desert.
If you want to talk specific foods, we have "mamaliga" ( http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mamaliga)- which was here long before bread, the aforementioned "mititei", "sarmale" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarmale) and tons of others. Me hungry now, thank you!
Any wisdom or positive message you wish to share?
Finding the thing you love to do for a living is a must. Don't be discouraged if others don't get it, you will be way happier if you do what you like.