Romania Go Relief Team 2008

29 Jul

By way of introduction I thought I would upload the a brief history of the place we were at, which came in our Welcome Packs. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 (sorry if you’re trying to read these on a small screen!)

This year, the project was the completion of two buildings at Harghita Christian Camp which are going to be Old People’s Homes. In total there were 36 rooms, in various stages of completion, to be worked on during the week. As well as this, there was outdoor work to be done around the buildings laying a path for disabled access. As you might have gathered from the history, there was a children’s camp being run while we were there for children about 12-15 years old. I think there were 47 campers.

The team arrived over two days as we were too large a group to go on a single plane, and in the end this turned out to work to our advantage. The journey there was rather long and drawn out, and included 3 breakfasts from McD’s. I thought wearing jeans was a decent enough idea when I was leaving, as it was pouring, but I was questioning this by Budapest, where the heat was intolerable. After landing we had a 2 hour bus journey to the camp, during which Philip coloured in my ear as I slept. Upon arrival we had red stuff to eat, soon followed by sleep for the first time in near 40 hours.

4.01 am

Hungarian hoverbus

Even planes are using MSN speak these days

Breakfast was at 7.30 the next morning, which I made it to, a trend I was not to keep up throughout the week. With only half the team present, the work done was all preparatory and basically involved cleaning out the building of dust and other building site stuff. In the afternoon we had a games time where the children moved round the different games we had going. Our game involved children dressing up and running round a volleyball court. I was doing the game with Alicia, who is from Clare!

We journeyed to a naturally heated pool on Saturday night. I question where the natural heat was coming from…

On Sabbath we had morning worship at 11, followed by lunch then a walk for anyone foolish enough. We were walking for 3 and half hours in some serious heat. After lots of walking we got to the spring with natural sparkling water. Sadly it tasted of eggs. Much craic though. And we came across some pretty strange sights on our journey…

Cows in the middle of a forest??

Cows in the middle of a forest??

Not quite a strange, a natural spring

Not quite as strange, a natural spring

After the rest of the team arrived, the work was putting lime on the walls, followed by paint. The lime was rather messy stuff to work with, and was very good at drying out your hands. After 3 coats of lime and 2 of paint we were finally done with 15 minutes to spare. In the other building, the lime had already been applied, so they just had to paint and spend a lot of time sanding wood. Much fun.

Sam cleverly sanded through his hand

I’d gone to Romania expecting sunshine the whole time, and had packed accordingly. This now seems slightly foolish, and bringing a few long sleeved garments would probably have been wise. It rained for all of Tuesday, and as well as holding up the outdoor work, it made for some muddy conditions outside. However this did mean that the work indoors was speeded up, and so it wasn’t really a hindrance after all, and we got to witness some cool thunder and lightening.

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Rain :(

Wednesday was our day out, during which we visited 3 towns and a salt mine. The first was a place selling lots of souvenirs and stuff like that, Philip bought a class big mask. From there it was on to the salt mine which was a less of a salt mine and more of a big amusement thing. Bit of a hole to be honest. Still, we sung Psalm 23 in a chapel 150m underground. To be respected like.. The next place had lots of restaurants and a big salt lake. Time was limited, so obviously I chose the latter along with Sam, Catherine, Heather and Megan. It was immense. To round off the day we went to Sighisoara, which is the place where Dracula was apparently born. Philip got a brick from the house! Had a bit of T and L on the way home. Good day.

Brilliant for £10

Brilliant for £10

Sighisoara

Sighisoara

The concert type thing was on Thursday. Johnny Cash was resurrected, Noel McCune performed and a few psalms were sung

There was a football match between us and the kids, then the builders. Unfortunately the children hammered us, but our pride was restored with a comfortable 2-0 against the builders. Kits were supplied by Institute Football Club.

On the last night there was a bonfire, it was huge.

Phil

Phil

Lots of people...

Lots of people...

Just a pile of ashes by this stage

So it was time to get out the flammable stuff

So it was time to get out the flammable stuff

I had long since retired for the night

I had long since retired for the night

Other photos:

I sure do

I sure do

Another Philip Morrison original

Another Philip Morrison original

Psalm Singers

Psalm Singers

Funny as

Funny as

Floater soup was back

Floater soup was back

This was the nearest I got to vegetables

This was the nearest I got to vegetables

This guy looks scarily like one of the Hotel Inspectors from Fawlty Towers

This guy looks scarily like one of the Hotel Inspectors from Fawlty Towers

A year later the colour of the gloves has changed but that's about it

A year later the colour of the gloves has changed but that's about it

As you might have heard, the younger end of the team got a bit sick on the last few days. I think most people are back to health now, so it’s all good.

So there you have it, another fantastic week.

All over for another year...

Camp Website

Lots of photos on Flickr

Report on the 2007 team

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3 Responses to “Romania Go Relief Team 2008”

  1. James July 29, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    I thought that was a two headed cow the first time I looked at it!

  2. Mary-Lynn July 30, 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    “obviously I chose the later”
    I think you mean latter. I’m done now. Good report by the way!

  3. Sam May 4, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    Man… i’d never seen this before now… i’m liking the mentions… got 2 photos just to myself :P and my coat is a photo too! Sanding through my hand was not a good idea….

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