One of the hardest things about living in a foreign country is trying to do the things that everyone else knows how to do, that seem commonplace to them, but aren’t commonplace to you. For me one of these things was paying 2 lei to the post office as part of receiving a residency permit.
Two lei is the U.S. equivalent of about $0.75. How does one go about paying the post office these lei? It might be easier if I spoke more Romanian. I could ask which counter to use and explain what I needed. But I don’t speak a lot of Romanian, so I wander around like an ostrich trying to fly, completely out of my element and not at all sure what to do. Beyond the question of how one pays 2 lei to the post office is the question of why 2 lei. And why the post office.
Strangely, opening a bank account was much easier. I walked into a bank, told them I wanted to open an account, filled out some forms, provided some identification (including my driver’s license to prove my address), and deposited some lei. I go back later for an ATM card. Other than creating a line as the woman entered my information, it all went smoothly. Thank goodness for English speaking bank employees.