6:30 a.m. I am now sitting just inside the entrance of the building our living quarters is in waiting for Brittany and our driver to pick us up to take us to the airport. The entrance door here is an old wooden reddish brown door that is shellacked. It has no dead bolt but a key must be used to unlock it. In this entrance way there is a bench I am sitting on and a little table where one day I saw Brittany play a quick game of UNO on with some children. There is a bathroom here and the steps leading up two flights where we slept. There are also steps leading down where we met with the youth one night and some more steps leading down to the dining area. There are 3 steps leading to some classrooms where Amanda taught an art project to the kindergarten kids. There are 4 plants, 2 of which are succulents and 2 spider plants. There are also two 6 foot tall trees, one of which looks dead. On the wall is a beautiful embroidery depicting Leonardo Da Vinci’s last supper and a large bulletin board that says “Bineati vent la Biserica Prorridenta si Projectul Ruth” There are also some pictures of gypsy children, a Romanian flag, and 2 Project Ruth bookmarks. I bought two of the embroidered bookmarks last night from Brittany and two BC students bought 27 of them. They cost $1.50 each. They should be nice little thoughtful gifts. It has been a wonderful week. It is sad to go but at the same time it will be nice to get home and see my wife Linda.
It is now 9:30 a.m. EST and 2:30 p.m. in London. We had a good flight from Bucharest, a long 4 hour layover in London but not too bad and we are now sitting on the plane to take off for our last flight home to Dulles. Then we have our 5 hour drive home that I am not looking forward to. Amanda and I are sitting in the second to the last row center section of the plane. “We hope you have a relaxed enjoyable flight” British Airways just said over the intercom.
Wrap up – I watched 3 movies on the 7 hour plane flight and it actually made the flight go by fast. We got our luggage without a hitch. Customs was a breeze (thankfully) and our drivers found us as we exited. The drive home was not that bad as I just passed out after about an hour and we got back to Bluefield around midnight although are bodies were still on Romanian time which meant they thought it was 7:00 a.m. Ha! We had an extraordinary trip and accomplished what we set out to do. I have been quite the world traveler in a years’ time. I have been to China, Haiti, and Romania.