Good morning from Romania! and what a wonderful day it is. It is now 8:00 a.m. and I can hear cars racing by taking children to school and the Roma people are heading to work. We are wrapping up our time here this being our last day. Today we have another relaxing day. It has been a great trip and when I woke up this morning I said, “That I could not have had a better time anywhere else these last 10 days.” Let me tell you about the dream I had last night. I was in a large lecture classroom filled with kids. I was sitting at a desk on the side steps towards the upper left corner of the room. I was writing something and several of my BC colleagues were at the bottom lectern leading the class. They called upon me to speak for about 10 minutes on art or to share a poem. When I started to walk down the steps I noticed I did not have my shirt on. At first I said that is OK, I am in a dream and really do have a shirt on. Then I stopped, turned around, walked up a couple of steps and grabbed a tan t-shirt to slip on. I remember thinking, everyone is watching me and then I said, “Who cares”. As I started to head down the stairs I was thinking, “Great, I forgot I was supposed to do this” and then I saw my Romanian journal on the desk and grabbed it. When I got to the bottom of the stairs I started to talk about my trip to Romania. Asking questions like, did they know where Romania was located? Etc… The next thing I knew I was like an evangelical preacher walking around the crowd of kids telling them how excited I was about going to Romania and painting a mural for the Gypsy children. The whole room was active with excitement and I kept asking for a show of hands and picking a couple of kids to get their response. One kid said he wanted to go to Haiti and help the people there and his response made me want to cry. I saw his face blush like he was about to cry. I then woke up and noticed I was in my bed in Romania. I thought that was a funny dream.
It is now 11:00 p.m. We have had another long day in Romania and sadly we leave tomorrow. We went to the Parliamental Palace today which is the second largest building in the world. The pentagon is considered the largest building in the world. It was gigantic and was started by the Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu in 1983. He was overthrown in 1989 by the Romanian revolution and along with his wife after a speedy trial executed. We toured for an hour seeing many large rooms. Our tour guide was very good often bringing humor and at one point she said, “Michael Jackson stood here on the balcony and said, “I Love Budapest.” After the tour we went to eat lunch a fast food Shawarma restaurant. It was delicious, even better than the first one I had on our first day here. They even gave us some baklava for being foreigners. I really wanted that. Then we took the subway to the Peasant Museum where we went to the gift shop. I was like a kid in a candy store as they had numerous varieties of handmade pottery pieces. I bought about 15 pieces, none too large as I had to bring them back in my carry-on luggage. After this we went to this large mall and shopped or walked around for an hour and a half. Stefan and Emi met us there and they walked around with the girls. I mostly sat. I did get a Romanian pastry and a bottle of red fruit juice (cherry and berry). Then we took the tram back to the school where we ate dinner, took pictures, ate cookies, and laughed a lot.