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Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 7553
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 72.39.68.9
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 01:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm going to be offline (well, I might be able to check my e-mail from Internet cafes) for the next four weeks. My wife and her daughters and I leave Wednesday for Romania, where she was born and grew up but hasn't visited in 10 years. I'm told it's something of a beer wasteland, with Tuborg and Stella Artois considered the best they have to offer, but perhaps I might find a real Belgian in the odd cafe. The options are a local plum brandy called tsuica, or the native rather sweet red wine that is diluted with sparkling water.

I'll be at a distinct disadvantage, with only a little knowledge of the language (it is Latin-based with quite a few words in common with Italian). But I figure I can play the inscrutable tourist, and people can always say about me, "What does he know, anyway!"

Perhaps I'll return with some good beer stories, or perhaps I'll just be happy to have the homebrew in my beer fridge and the witbier that I just racked to secondary and will be waiting to be kegged.

Brew on!

(Message edited by BillPierce on July 31, 2007)
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 4670
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 216.23.59.245
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 02:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Have a rip snortten, Bill!

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Skotrat
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Post Number: 87
Registered: 07-2007
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 02:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,

Have a great time.
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Mike Huss
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Username: Mikhu

Post Number: 1717
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 24.123.94.154
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 02:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, have a great time. I'll think of you while I'm at the Great Taste and you are in the Great Beer Wasteland!
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 2824
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 208.49.148.10
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 03:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No gypsy beer there? Have a great one!
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 4990
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 04:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The options are a local plum brandy called tsuica

Is it similar to Slivovitz? If so, it is likely to be quite ghastly.

I have a hard time believing any European country can be called a beer wasteland, as opposed to, say, Nebraska. :-)
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 1225
Registered: 11-2004
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 04:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"I'll be at a distinct disadvantage, with only a little knowledge of the language (it is Latin-based with quite a few words in common with Italian). But I figure I can play the inscrutable tourist, and people can always say about me, 'What does he know, anyway!'"

Bill, I have found in my travels that if you smile, are polite, and hold the local currency - that last one is a big one - it generally makes things go very smoothly.

Watch out for the vampires. Say hello to Vlad for me.
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 4672
Registered: 03-2004
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 04:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Learn some common pleasantries and never yell at the locals in English.

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Peter Roman
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Username: Lilbordr

Post Number: 1004
Registered: 12-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 04:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,
Don't forget vial of gypsey tears to protect you from AIDS. They work very nice!
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Cheers,
Peter 'the kid' Roman
 

Joakim Ruud
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Username: Joques

Post Number: 892
Registered: 10-2005
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 04:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Peter, big difference between Romania and Kazakhstan :-)

Bill, have a nice trip. If your wife grew up behind the iron curtain I guess she can be forgiven for thinking idle hobbies like brewing is a complete waste of time!
For to accuse requires less eloquence, such is man's nature, than to
excuse; and condemnation, than absolution, more resembles justice.
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Bill Walton
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Username: Vladie

Post Number: 194
Registered: 06-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 07:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The options are a local plum brandy called tsuica



I've had some of this stuff. It is quite nasty in my opinion. Vaguely reminiscent of gasoline without the positive flavors.

Have a great time Bill

BW
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 981
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 72.4.22.214
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 09:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

BP

Go in peace . . Be warm and well fed!
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 7554
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dan and Graham, I already know enough pleasantries to get in trouble. My inlaws spend half the year with us (they are currently in Romania but returning here at the end of next month), and their English is just slightly better than my Romanian.

Actually, Peter's half right about Borat. The "Kazakh" scenes in the movie were filmed in Romania. I guess Borat isn't welcome in his supposed native land. My wife says the villagers are speaking Romanian, which they didn't even bother to dub. I suppose most people couldn't tell Romanian from Kazakh, even if I would say it sounds like oddly accented Italian from some remote place.

And yes, Romania is home to Europe's largest population of gypsies (or Roma, as they prefer to be called), so Borat's joke about the AIDS cure may be something he picked up while filming there.

As for tsuica, it is indeed similar to slivovitz. I've had both bad and good. Poorly made, it's "hot" and nasty, but the Romanian Orthodox priest here in Hamilton brought some that was made by his brother back in the old country. It was diluted to about 60 proof and was quite smooth.
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 4998
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The best slivovitz I ever had wasn't made commercially, but was brought back by a friend in a plastic water bottle. It was brewed by one of his cousins in Slovenia It, too, was very smooth....but I'll take beer over it anyday.
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robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 940
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ah, the things we do for our loved ones.