Marshrukata! I know you are all thinking what is a Marshrukata? It is part of the public transportation. While some of the other teammates where working on the orphanage, Jennifer, Tim, and I went to go buy some light bulbs for the orphanage at the Hubo, a local construction store. Our way of transportation was the Marshrukata. It is a Mercedes van with about 12 seats. There are bars on the ceiling to hold onto and people cram in there. There is no limit. They said that sometimes they pack them with at least 30 people. There way of stopping the Marshrukata is by throwing your hand out in a karate motion or Chicago style as Tim would say with a little jazz fingers while standing on the side of the street. The bus automatically stops and you climb on. It cost 3 lei a person. 13.30 lei = $1.00. Of course Tim would say he is enraged at the fact the cost of the Marshrukata has gone up. We could have bought a couple packs of Hubba Bubba (gum) from the grocery store with that extra money. It was an interesting experience.
Our second adventure coming back from the HUBO was the plaza under the street. They have little shops all under the streets. They are really small but include all kinds of stores. One store that was open was a shoe repair store. The one we went through was small but some are the size of a small city.
These are just two of the great cultural experiences I have had so far. I am looking for more great experiences to come!