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Letters From the Mission Field: Romania Team Day 3

July 30, 2009 0 Share

Saturday, July 25

We had a 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. travel day today. Early start this morning. Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and on the road by 8:00 a.m. Today our task was to drive from Budapest, Hungary, to Zalaou, Romania, a lengthy 6-7 hour drive. For the entirety of our trip we will be driven around in a charter bus driven by Eileen, a man who the team has worked with and ministered to for several years. This year, the main VBS will be done in his hometown, and he and his family are quite excited.

The weather has been fantastic to say the least. As of a couple of days ago the weather all around Romania was in the high 90’s. Thankfully it was been in the 70’s or cooler, even a little drizzle here and there!

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The drive from Budapest to Zalaou is a remarkably beautiful one. Every minute of it, we were surrounded by green pastures for as far as we could see and fields upon fields of corn crops, sunflowers, you name it, we saw it. It was a beautiful but windy ride, we had a few cases of motion sickness, everyone made it out alive. 🙂

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We stopped for a quick lunch only to be reminded that “quick” is not a word associated with Romanian dining experience. Many Romanian lunches consist of four courses. Today our meal started off with soup, and was followed by a salad (Romanian salads typically consist of diced cucumbers and tomatoes or cabbage. Our main course consisted of chicken and potatoes and was followed by incredible ice cream Sundays (very unexpected but definitely appreciated!)

We hopped back in the bus and had the chance to stop at the Romanian version of Costco to find some clothes and things for Jason and Eddy as they still were waiting for their bags to arrive. You might be interested to know that Jason has purchased his very own pair of very European looking Capri pants…and he pulls them off remarkably well. 🙂 It was quite interesting trying to buy things without any Romanian currency (called Lei)…A few tried to use their cards (all declined) but Alex Ivascu saved the day by purchasing ALL of our items on his credit card that worked…thanks buddy!

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Few more hours in the bus and we arrived at our hotel. It’s absolutely fantastic, better than anyone could expect! It’s like a bed and breakfast almost that overlooks rolling hills covered with colorful homes…quite picturesque I’d say. There’s a beautiful garden outside and this place even has internet access! Turns out, the sun starts to set around 9pm around these parts, so we get to enjoy the view late into the night.

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We practiced our songs while dinner was being prepared and learned later on that a few of the other hotel staff and guests commented to Paul M. that he brought “an amazing choir” with him to Romanina…we’re they sure they were listening to us?

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The team is in high spirits and excited for the upcoming week! It’s beautiful here!!!

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