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09 June 2007 @ 05:48 pm
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so it turns out that even though the bank said they would express mail me my ATM card...they didn't. I called them and they sent it regular mail. When I called them, I made it very clear that I was out of the country, needed to have it mailed to me here, and only had two weeks to get it done...and that i needed that damn card ASAP! Why was that guy such a twit? Why did US Bank never email me back after I emailed yesterday asking about my card? So now hopefully, my card will arrive on Tuesday to a city that is now where I live. But my host mom said that it wasn't a problem to drive me there when it arrives. We are going to call the post office to let them know in advance that the card is coming and we are expecting it.

Funny story:
My mom called me today. I'm not sure what she was saying but she talked to the baba. Baba said "I'll go and get Melody. She will come" and then my mom would say something and she would say it again. I guess they went around and around for a while. Both sides having not the slightest idea what was going on on the other side.

In other news Baba said I'm now ready to get married b/c i've been cooking, doing laundry, and working in the yard. Horray for me.

Last night a guy told me that he wanted me to find him an American girlfriend. I told him that he wouldn't like dating american girls b/c if they cook dinner, then they expect the man to do the dishes. And if you are both at the table and the man wants beer, she'll point to the fridge and say "it's over there". That is NOT how it works in Bulgaria. The women here basically do everything for the men and children of the family. The guy was shocked and agreed that he didn't want to date an american girl.

I told my host mom and she laughed and then later she told Gosho (the dad) that he had to wash the dishes. He looked shocked and asked why. She said that she grilled the meat, made the salad, and fried the potatoes, plus she served the entire meal. Poor guy looked totally confused! Then she told him what I told her and he laughed and she laughed and we all know that later she'll do the dishes. Though I'll never be that type of wife, I have no judgements about their life b/c they have one of the strongest marriages, nicest and smartest kids, and are happier than almost everyone I know. Clearly, it's working for them, and I applaud their happy family!
happybunnygal: seanhappybunnygal on June 9th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
my host father must have been the exception. He was only 9 years older than me in 1998 and he was a doctor. He helped out around the house. He cooked dinner and washed the dishes when my host mom was there and when she wasn't.

I had a great host family. Sounds like yours is great too. As long as they are happy, who cares if who is doing the dishes. That was a funny story.

Hope you get your Bank Card soon.

globalnomad77globalnomad77 on June 11th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
Ha! I use that exact same argument to get out of Kenyan marriage proposals! I tell them that white women make terrible wives, and that they'd be happier with a nice African girl.

Love how the most effective arguments against bull-headed men are truly intercultural!
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