Those awkward moments

… happening infrequently since 2007:

when you take notes in Romanian during classes – in the first three months of living abroad – even though the lecture is in English

when you prefer to stay at home instead of going out – in the first three months of living abroad – and avoid talking even to yourself as is too tiring to think in any kind of language

when you meet a Romanian – after a year living abroad – and you can’t really make a coherent dialogue in Romanian even though during Skype conversations with your family or Romanian friends you speak perfectly fine the language

when in Spain – this summer – you can’t really make a sentence in English, as all the words are coming in German

when your relatives are telling you – this month: Hey, you have an accent (when speaking in Romanian)

when you travel back to Vienna from Bucharest – last Sunday –  and at the passport control counter you receive a: “Calatorie placuta!” (Have a nice trip!) and you answer back with: “Danke!”

to be continued

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