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September 10, 2005

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Dragos

you're still a nation at war, aren't you? Hence the bars, reinforced windows, the barricades and the rest.

However, try getting a visa by playing the role of a 3rd world citizen...I bet your experience will not appear as smooth.

Btw, Doug, since you have some inside info and putting it together with Katrina's coverage from mass media, what is your opinion on the differences/similarities regarding this summer's Romanian floods (and the way they were handled) and the American approach with what happened in the South. Would be quite curious about your two cents -- thanks.

gelu

Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovis!

gelu

Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovis!

gelu

Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovis!

gelu

My apologies for the mess I've done here!...

claudia

I'm nitpicking here:

"Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovi." No 's' in bovi. ;-)

It's one of the few Latin quotes I know by heart - it used to be a favorite of my Dad's.

The American community in Bucharest is not very large, so the Department for American Citizen Services is not very busy. This is quite different in Frankfurt, for instance. Which is why we were so delighted.

And believe me, I've had my share of bad INS experiences, if that is what you are referring to. Once, I had to stand in line for eight (8!) hours to get a simple stamp in my passport. But they are getting better, I have to say. The last time, earlier this year, I had to wait for all of 10 minutes. I was very happy.

Dragos

What I meant was that sometimes things may not work out as smooths if you're not a native, which is understandable since one of the missions of the embassy is providing support to the co-nationals. Actually, for what is worth, I heard that the service at the US embassy in Bucharest improved considerably.

Gelu, I know very well you can be rude from all the emails you keep sending me, I hope that some times you will be able to at least substantiate an argument. :)

Karl

It not just the bars and the bulletproof glass: you should see the havoc they reek on the neighborhoods they're in. In Hamburg, the consulate got the city to block off one of the more noble streets in the city along the Alster. And then there's the embassy in Berlin, where the street is also blocked off. Pure madness not to mention bad neighbors.

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