Well, the former Soviet Union anyway. My last Moldova blog has more pictures and info about the country. It was a very productive trip and we were treated well. We got a better taste of Moldovan life by venturing out on our own to a couple restaurants. The food was excellent all week. They really know how to cook well. Everything I had was tender and not overdone with good flavor.
I never got a good night sleep while I was there, waking up about 3 am every morning and having trouble going back to sleep. I didn't have nearly that much trouble on the last trip. When I returned Saturday evening, I went to bed about 9 and woke up about 8 and I slept like a snoring rock. It was great!
I didn't get any training in while I was gone, but I now feel comfortable enough over there that I will be able to go out for a run on my next trip. The same thing happened to me when I was in Brazil. It took a couple trips until I felt comfortable going out for walks by myself which then led to being able to train (running). Funny, the first time I walked in Brazil, I felt like everyone was staring at the strange American until someone stopped me to ask for directions in Portuguese. That's when I knew they didn't know that I was from there.
Here is a cool picture of a house near where we were working.
One strange thing happened on the way back. We checked in with Air Moldova at 4:30 am and they issued me a ticket for the first leg of my trip. The guys I traveled with received tickets for the first two legs. So when we got to Frankfurt I stopped by a Lufthansa service desk and asked for a ticket. No problem, they issue me tickets for the last two legs of my trip. Everything is cool until about 20 minutes before my flight and I looked at my tickets. They weren't mine! I received tickets for Mrs. Susan Michael. What??? When I received the tickets the guy must have typed my baggage claim ticket number wrong, but not noticing I'm a Mr. and the tickets are for a Mrs., really? I went to the gate checkin and they printed the proper ticket so no big deal.
Next topic - communication. I've been thinking about this for a while and noticing it more and more. I've been in several conversations where someone starts to discuss or explain something they have recently experienced and before they get a couple sentences in to the explanation, someone jumps in and says me too! I had the same thing, blah, blah, blah, the only thing is, the first person was talking about a totally different experience that happened to start off with the same subject line. Since I've noticed it more and more, I suspect I've been doing the same thing so I'm now making an effort to let people finish what they want to talk about whether I've had a similar experience or not. I've seen this at work, home, and out with the guys, so I conclude it's prevalent.
Next topic - my Black Friday order from ZootSports. I received this email 12/7.
Unfortunately your recent order has been canceled due to unavailable inventory at the time of purchase. As a result, we will be refunding your credit card in full for the cost of your order.
I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, which was the result of inclement weather that forced a two day closure to our warehouse and offices.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
My response 12/12.
I have to say I’m disappointed about this. I was pretty excited about the deal I got on November 26th. I hope the lack of inventory wasn’t because my inventory wasn’t pulled before your warehouse sale December 5th. I’m also surprised my order was cancelled with no offer for money off a future purchase or something. I understand you were probably overwhelmed by the Black Friday sale, but the tri gear market is pretty competitive and I don’t consider this good customer service.
Last topic - week 2 of 70.3 training. Not so good. I was out of the country for 8 days at a hotel with no workout room and I was chicken to run outside (not to mention I was really tired). It gets worse. I went to the ortho doc today and he said I likely have a decision to make. He thinks I'll need surgery if I want to keep swimming. I have an MRI later this week.
Planned swim/bike/run (in hours)