Dear blogger readers!
The week number 3 of my internship had finished and I am here to tell you all about it!
Mihaela Nanu desired very much to hear some feedback from us after the first week, but because we wanted instead to collect data, we postponed the meeting for the Monday on 17th of February.
The meeting took place in the middle of the day because she starts the day late, at 11 o’clock. We went there at 12 o’clock, at the “Institute of mother and child heath”. She was really excited to see us and to hear how are first 2 week had been. We discuss most of the issues that we observed and could do nothing about them
Some of the issues are:
- Some supermarkets, like Billa and Lidl, but also some small ones, did not allowed us to collect the price, even though we had a document signed by WHO and MoH which specifies our project issue.
- Some of packed products did not have vital information. E.g. the mixed pork and beef grounded meet did not had the percentage of fat either the country/place of origins.
- In the markets (farmer-markets) on most of the products did not mention the country of production. Even though we assume and ,for few products , we are sure that is not produced in Romania.
- In the country side shops, where very few products are available (50 out of 180), we couldn’t see the country of provenience wither the fat content because the products are nicely organized behind a register and unavailable to us to see the labels (just the price and the quantity)
- They are also some frozen products (especially the meat ) which are sold by kilo but which did not have a package
After the meeting, we desired to go to Real hypermarket (a German chain hypermarket) which was considered to have low prices for products. Unfortunately, when we got there we realized that the Real was actually an Auchan now (a France hypermarket chain). A nice lady explained us that all the Real outlets where bought by the Auchan international retail group and one by one each Real in the country will became an Auchan.
Next day, we decide to go at 3 small villages close by Bucharest, which I knew them because my grandfather, from my mother side, is living on the route. Some of the people were really happy about the project and suggest us more details for our report. But in the last small city, just a farmer shop and 2 meat shop allowed us to collect the prices. So we did not got all the prices for all the available products. That is why, this week, we have to do another small trip outside of Bucharest.
The next day, we planned to go to Husi, where my grandparents are living (in the east at the border with Republic of Moldovia). There is just 1 bus per day, at 16:00, from Bucharest. In the morning Mira announce me that she can’t come due to sickness. She is not used with weather changes and differences in atmospheric pressure. I arrived at 21:00 that night.
Next day, 20.02.2014, I went with my grandmother to the market for collecting prices. It was nice to be in her company and she also helped me a lot. She knew the cheapest place to buy products, she helped me remembering prices, introduce me to shops where they did not required the document which was at Mira, in Bucharest. The rest of the day, I spend it in the warm company of my grandparents and my uncle.
What I hate the most is the early mornings, but we can’t always escape from them. Friday, I woke up at 6:00 in order to get a morning bus to Bacau, where I had to meet with Mira. The trip was one of the most awful ones. The road was full of 5-20 cm holes and I got a severe car sickness. I had to get soon better because Mira was waiting for me to collect the prices from 3 retailers. We walked a lot to find the earliest and best way to go the next day to Baile Tusnad, in the morning, and then to find the hostel. We left our luggage and we went to 2 markets and one non-stop supermarket. The supermarket was chosen because of the 24 hours program and convenience of the placement (in a neighbourhood with many apartments). We went to sleep after we ate and meet some friends of Mira’s in Bacau.
Saturday, we woke up, again, early at 5:45 in order to get to the train station (there was one train per day which was going directly to Baile Tusnad). We got our breakfast in the train and also I got some sleep, as I was really tired.
For the night in Baile Tusnad , we were housed by some nice volunteers from EVS (European Voluntary Service). It was really nice to see again Baile Tusnad. It is a city between the mountains which mainly used for the recreation of big city population but also has the permanent citizens, which are mainly Hungarian. The data we collected was from this village and the next one, at 5 km apart. We walked there but when we come back we hitchhiking on the way. After, we went with the volunteers and the children in one of their activities.
It was first time when I found myself in the situation where I couldn’t communicate with some persons, in this case where the children. In the area of center of Romania, there are many Hungarian citizens who are also thought in school in Hungarian and their second language is Romanian, but they do not try that much to learn it as they can survive there just with Hungarian.
For the Sunday, we arrange to leave for Bucharest as we had all the necessary data from that region. To get to Bucharest, we had to stop to Brasov and change the train. From Baile Tusnad to Brasov we got also with hitchhiking because the information about the trains was wrong on internet and we got to the train station at 10:30.
Because we had the chance to stop to Brasov as well, we stayed there for few hours in order to visit the city.
So today, Monday 24.02.2014, we are back to our host office (WHO Romania) and we put all the data in excel sheets and we also meet our host, Victor.
From now on we will have a more organized schedule and will be more time in Bucharest!