If you want to invite your lady to a restaurant, following an update of the better ones:
Capitol Lux (lokal and international food, fine ambiente)
Alaverde (typical georgian food)
Passepartout (sometimes to best one in town)
Restaurant Hotel Monte Nelly (similar to Capitol Lux)
Restaurant Hotel Dedeman (international guests)
Restaurant New York (many expats)
Equator (interesting interieur, sometimes too expensive for the quality)
Kawkas (similar to Alaverde)
Old City/Staray Gorod (if you want to meet local politicans); excellent shashlik
If you should feel lonely in the night than have a look to New York Bowling just next to New York restaurant. Lonely girls, which are looking for male accompanyship (and money) are to meet there :-)
Hey Dale I bowled at New York also. I also found it impossible to do any good there. I quess we should just drink and throw the ball like everyone else. I was wondering why so many good looking girls where at the bowling alley. Maybe if you bowl good enough you win one. Lucky for me I had my Liuba with me, so I already found everything I was looking for.
I don't know what you mean by spoil the prizes. We went not because I wanted to but because my girl and her son wanted to. They had never experienced bowling before, but knew it was very common in America. If you mean that I found my girl and she is the prize and that I will spoil her, you are 100% correct. Just as Liuba spoils me. That's part of being in love or haven't you ever experienced that before?
it was a joke :-) To explain it: in New York Bowling Centre there are plenty of pros or semipros. As far as I know they meanwhile ask for a quite high prize for example one hour accompanyship. A local joke in Chisinau is, that americans (but also other foreigners) are ready to pay any prize for such a "service", because they dont know the local prize.
I wasnt' very impressed with the bowling alley but the sights were nice. WT have you tried the resturant called "Equator"? The lay out and show are very nice and the food quite tasty.
As for the Chisinau prize I didn't sample any at the bowling alley. If I just wanted that type of thing I could find that here and not fly all the way to Moldova. But, I guess if your in Chisinau on business that prize could be interesting.
I haven't been here to the forum for quite a while - just a quick update.
My fiance and I have worked most of our problems out and things are a "GO" right now.
It is now 6:00 Central Time which means it is 2:00 pm (14:00) in Bucharest Romania, my Moldovan lady is at teh American Embassy there for her 1:00 appointment and her interview her fiance visa. I have been pacing like an expectant father here in the US. I last spoke to her at 2:40 am, my time and at 2:15, and before that 1:30. (10:40, 10:15 and 9:30 her time respectively) giving reassurance and suggestions. Now I wait.
A 1:00 pm appointment does not really mean 1:00 at the Embassy - it means get ther at 12:15 and prepare to wait until possibly 5:00 for your name to be called and an interview.
Readers of this forum who are kind enough to remember me, may recall me describing how she was going to travel with her mother. Transportation could have been inexpensive as it is only $20 one way from Chisianu to Bucharest by bus - but it is also a 12 hour bus ride. I let her talk me into buying her and her mother plane tickets which cost $140 each way per person. The flight takes 1 1/2 hours. So what could have been $80 in transportation expenses ends up to be $560. Not exactly thrilled about that but she said she felt safer and more comfortable.
So now I anxiously wait for word - which she SHOULD get today.
I hadn't read this forum for a while, but it was nice to see contributions from my old friends (and I really do consider many of you friends - not just fellow forum members).
I smiled a little when I read posts about people picking on each other and answering questions with an attitude. After Russian women - that has to be the most mentioned topic in the now two + years I have been here (more than recently anyway).
I have to admit I was a little chagrinned to see a recently written post by Martin - making still another plea that it was toad who started it. THAT subject is still in the forum? How many months has it been? I've heard of beating a dead horse before - but this one is dead, beaten to dust and scattered to the four corners of the earth - and still he stands there thrashing. Unbelievable.
Sometime today - I will hopefully hear if my fiance is coming to the US. If she DOES receive the fiance visa she has to set foot on the US (preferably bringing the rest of her self as well) by June 16th. I shall keep you informed.
Im just simple provincial girl and dont need fiance visa but even I know that only in Bucharest she can get fiance visa and be interviewed, as Ukrainians must go Warsaw and Estonians to Helsinki!
Isnt that annoing!
At least Marina will only have to go to Moscow. Her father lives there so I guess she will stay with him.
You have returned. Best of luck with the whole Bucharest thing. What happened about the apartment renovations and is she still bringing Mummy? Also does Mummy have to be on the same K1 visa and does she have to have a medical and interview too?
Good to have you back.
As Annika mentions - its true that for a fiance visa she must go to Bucharest. The American Embassy on Chisinau is able to process Tourist Visas and Student Visas - but not fiance visa.
Its my understanding that shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 - Brits and Germans also had to go to Bucharest as, for a time, the embassies in Chisinau did not handle fiance visas either. Britain and Germany fixed that problem long ago (and I know British and German people who have done the whole process in Chisinau) but the US still requires a trip to Bucharest for those particular visas.
Annika is a little wrong though about Ukraine. There the US Embassy in Kyev is fully capable of doing fiance visas - which REALLY ticks off my fiance as a trip to Kyev would only have been about a third the distance and they DO speak Russian at that embassy - they do not in Bucharest. But we had no choice.
To be honest, izi - the apartment renovations produced several fights and she was not her old (at 25 :) ) self then. Further - AFTER I had sent her the money for one leg of the airline ticket (at first I agreed to pay for flying either there or back but not both) she announced that she really did not want to go to Bucharest. There were a million little reasons - but she decided - with three days to go - that the trip was toolong and dangerous.
I told her then that was the end - I told her that I did not desire fiancing a gilfriend and visiting her a few times a year my goal was to find a wife - and that I would be making arrangements shortly to book a Romance Tour. Thsi produced arguments and crying - and she said "You can just give up on someone you love that easily?" And she reminded me of the trouble leaving Mommy - she listens very well to Mommy and nerly every reaon she had - had something to do with why Mommy didn't think she should leave.
I told her that as far as I was concerned - being in love with her was like being in love with a married woman. At some point when it beomes obvious that the married woman will not leave her husband for you - the only rational thing to do is to harden your heart - and look for someone who IS available. In essence, I told her, she is married to Mommy and if she cannot be wih me - then I have to look elsewhere.
Much dicussion followed between her and I and her and her mother and she agreed to try coming to America. If things work out well - she has agreed that we will marry. if they don't I am sill ready to look elsewhere if the time eventually comes. She will have abig decison to make - and as far as I am concerned there is only one acceptable answer. I will not waste my life fiancing a girlfriend in a foreign country to who, does not place me first.
What I'm trying to say is that I am tickled pink - that I willhave her here with me in the US - but we will seriously use the 90 day option as an option. And I will hope and pray that things work out and we do marry if its right.
Very interesting post! You write so well...really good for non-english speaker to understand! In my opinion better that mommy dont come to USA, she just dont give your family peace, better send her some money every month. Other way maybe girl who is used to listen mother will listen you and is easy to rule??????
Do take care mate. The more I hear about this girl and I do mean girl because she doesn't sound too mature is that she could be a real problem. I think that you are doing the right thing using the 90 day K1 period for exactly what it was intended for. Good idea.
I can see further problems with her getting a job, learning the language, constantly pining for the homeland etc etc. Not to mention being lumbered with the mum in law all the time it is like getting two for the price of one. Your analogy about being already married is absolutely accurate.
You say she will have a big decision to make, I think you are the one with the big decision to make. You have been having this relationship for quite a while and all of a sudden she turns into a flake. Send her money to renovate the apartment, got to have Mommy with her all the time, last minute "I don't want to go to the embassy", I don't want to take the bus send me a plane ticket. I think I dated this girl, you sure she isn't American?
I say all this with respect buddy, I mean no insult or to make fun. There is a point of diminishing returns.
I had that love blackmail thing pulled on me. "You obviously couldn't have meant your feelings if you end things so quickly". It is a form of feminine blackmail, but if they decide to walk on you it will not be a problem. It is a one way street.
I have not forgotten any of the things I said regarding my trip last March. Things have improved and much has been resolved but believe me I have not forgotten. If it is a repeat performance I will just return to the States and she will never hear from me again. there will be no warning and no explanation. I will just disappear, because I will have done talking at that point. There are so many beautiful women out there that would love to take Marina's place that I will not stand too much nonsense. I am not one to give up easily, so I am returning but I know when to walk away from a losing hand. Just don't let your personal tragedy color the decisions you are making now my friend. I think you are a bit vulnerable now and I hope that you are not on your own. This forum is a poor substitute for real family.
Anyway whatever happened to that nice girl from latvia?