08.06.2013 - 08.07.2013
So much to write about!!!
We started work on Wednesday morning a bit earlier so that we could end earlier and get out of the hot sun. And we went straight to work on prepping the two foundations. Within minutes of arrival at the site, the cement mixers were going and I was spreading out the huge rock pile on one of the foundations.
The team worked extremely hard and by noon you could see a huge difference. Our main foundation already had the first few rows of cement - about four inches deep carried up a ramp made by Valer's "girls" (Christina, Michelle and Beth).
We ended around 1 and headed back to the Noble House for lunch. That afternoon, Marie, Michelle, Christina and I went to one of the local swimming pools while the rest of the team enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the Noble House.
We ordered in pizza for dinner and then Emil and Nelu took us on a tour of the farm. We got to pet adorable calfs and even milk a cow!!! Christina and Michelle were in heaven!!
On Thursday, we woke up early again and did our morning schedule. Our job - finish the foundation on the first site. It was an amazing production line of coordinated efforts by my entire team and of course our amazing teachers on site.
And finally the Oradea site was done which means we could head to Beius in the afternoon!!! But first we said goodbye to our friends on site, left our mark on the picnic table that we built, and had a surprise birthday party for Seba, one of the homeowner's children.
And then we hit the road for my summer home Beius!!!! We had about an hour drive through the beautiful countryside of Romania and were welcomed to Beius with a traditional evening filled with singing, dancing, and my favorite meal of the week including the best soup in the world - stuffed pepper soup. What an amazing day!!!
Christina from California had this to say about her first impressions of Beius:
"My first impressions of Beius is that it is charming. You get a real feel of Romania. The buildings are beautiful and I love being surrounded by the forests."
Here are some more pictures of my amazing team and our adventures in Romania:
Ken and his handcrafted mobile on site:
Valer and Katie - just like brother and sister:
Lots of red Nebraska shirts: