Friday, March 15, 2013

Looking forward to the children each morning

This morning was breakfast as usual, concluding with our traditional team meeting that includes the message of the day and the journal from the previous day. Today is our fifth day together. So far we are a wonderful team!

After breakfast Laura, Corey, and I left with Dan for the hospital. We look forward to greeting the children each morning. Alina was especially excited to see Laura as she loves taking Laura’s necklace and putting it on to wear herself.  Gabi was in good spirits. She really loved dancing to the songs we played – the hokey-pokey and the chicken dance. Alina, of course, wanted us to play the songs over and over again. Needless to say we got quite a workout.

Luca wasn’t feeling too well today. Corey spent time with Luca, trying to comfort him. Dan took Luciana to the adult hospital. She has an ear infection. She will be getting IV antibiotics later today.

At 12:30 we left the hospital to meet our team for lunch. This will be our last meal with Rich and Margaret as they leave tomorrow for Turkey. They will be missed next week.

At School #2 Rich and Margaret repeated their rocket experiment for another group of students. Lori played a DVD featuring “Dem Bones” and “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” with her students. In the second hour her students played Multiplication Bingo and Food Jingo. She said the kids were lovely.

At 2 p.m. Dorel picked up Lori, Corey, Laura, and me for a trip to Brasov. It was about a four-and-a-half-hour drive. Dorel is an excellent driver! We enjoyed great conversations with each other. It made the time go fast. (At breakfast on Monday following our trip, we also spoke about how much we enjoyed seeing the countryside between B├órlad and Brasov equally as much as all the special places we visited during the trip.)

Around 6:30 pm we arrived in Brasov and checked in at Hotel City Center. Our rooms were very nice. We were all pleased.

After we checked in, we quickly left for the city center. Everyone was hungry. Dorel took us to an excellent restaurant, Butoiul Sasului. We were each treated with a complimentary glass of schnapps. Schnapps is hot going down!

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Some of us ordered gulyas (goulash in English, but certainly nothing like what Midwest Americans mean when they say “goulash.”) It was delicious. Everyone enjoyed the meal. On our walk back to the hotel it started to snow. Even though we were all freezing, we still enjoyed the snow. Cheers for a wonderful evening.

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Message of the Day – Laura: “The doors that we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” - Flora Whittemore