Thursday, 6 October 2016

Seniors conference in Romania

Oct 6 2016. I have a few minutes waiting for Lunch to cook. We are having a Moldovan elder return home today, Elder Lungu, and we will feed and get him settled. Last week I had some extensive training from Brother Mathias in Self Reliance. He came from France and helped me learn some one on one Self Reliance and taught me with a couple of members who needed help. So that will occur more often now. So Thursday We did rent a van, from guy who spoke no English and had Russian as their first language. We did alright. So we left Moldova, driving to Brașov across country. It was a beautiful day and we must have seen over 60 horse and carts that day. One road was quite bad, but most were very good. We met up with the other seniors from Romania there, staying at the Kronwell hotel overnight. What we did was to have presentations while travelling on the bus or early in the morning, then enjoyed some tourist sites. We ate at an Italian place that evening, I had salmon and asparagus pizza- I recommend it. Deb was still under the weather with her bug and ended up having it for more than 12 days. Friday we took our van to the Church in Brașov, and then travelled to Sighisoara to visit some sites there. We visited an old church fortress in Biertan, then had an unusual lunch in a small village (Hungarian goulash) , then visited the Citadel in Sighisoara. We stayed at the Binderbubi hotel, a hotel filled with wood decor. Breakfast each morning was a vast buffet, then we travelled to the Bran castle, home of Dracula or Vlad the Impaler. A very old castle and very interesting, and quite the tourist trap. As we left, there was a line of cars 3 km long waiting to come in. We then travelled to Poiana Brașov, a ski resort place and stayed at the Teleferic hotel, the fanciest yet. We watched a session of General conference in the evening. The Sunday morning we went into Brașov to the Church and watched another session. The Romanian missionaries went home, we stayed one more night so we could get some cooking supplies not present in Moldova. We travelled home on Monday, having a nice drive with a 90 minute wait at the border. Here you get checked on both sides. so we are back home,preparing for a YSA conference on Saturday. This is a busy week.Romania is a beautiful country and very inexpensive, it would be a great place for a vacation.
What the border at Vama Albița is like for trucks- talk about a wait.

Deb thought the donkey was cute, who knew?

An old fortress on a hill near Sighisoara

Deb said you can never have enough cart pictures

the Church at Biertan

A nice rocky tunnel, a few hundred years old.

Mural in the front of the church

Village of Biertan

Deb, Sister Winder and Sister Ivory

What a cute couple.

the Church
So I will continue with pictures next post.

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