It is 9:00 p.m. and we have had a wonderful day. We started with a breakfast at 8:00 a.m. that included 4 types of cereal, chocolate and vanilla croissants, peach, apple, and orange juice, coffee and tea, bananas, oranges, and apples, yogurt, bread, and cookies. It was all yummy! Hey wait a minute, I did not eat and drink all of that, that is just what was available to have. We left the church at 9:00 a.m. so the people coming to church would not see us leaving. They had Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and we had permission to paint on the mural this morning at the school and go to the 6:00 p.m. church service. That we did. We painted until 1:00 and stopped for a hearty lunch of Brittany’s famous homemade chicken soup and then back to work by 1:30 p.m. We painted until 4:30 p.m. so we would have time to clean up before church. I will post pictures later on our progress.
The church service was filled with lots of music, prayer, and sermon. There must have 20 mandolins there, WOW. Besides all the mandolins the service was much like a service at home except a lot more songs both with congregational singing and performance. Of course it was all in the Romanian language. Did you know the Romanian language is a romance language based from Latin? The Roman general Trajan conquered this land around 102 A.D. and the language has stayed since then.
The people here do not seem super poor but I guess the children did not have the opportunity to go to school. That is why Project Ruth was started and they are changing the illiteracy. One strange thing that Brittany said was that most people you pass in the street don’t say hi or will have eye contact with you. Although when I think about it that happens a lot in the US but maybe not as much. Some folks do seem to stare at the strange tall guy walking in the streets.
Stray dogs are everywhere with yellow tags in their ears. Brittany said one year under the communist party they tore down these old large apartment complexes and when they were rebuild everyone was told they could not have a dog so they all ended up in the streets. Brittany said there were at one time ½ million stray dogs in the city. Most are large dogs just roaming the streets although every time you walk by a closed gate at a home you hear barking vehemently.