There's lots to do while in Romania!
At this point, you might be wondering what our week will look like. Well here you go!
On Saturday afternoon, everyone will arrive at Botel Fortuna. I'll probably be hanging out on the deck awaiting your arrival. I'll leave a note for you at the front desk if I am not around. We will plan to meet up as a team in the lobby area for dinner around 7:30 - a late dinner - but it will give folks a chance to settle in and shower after the long day of traveling.
For Saturday night's dinner -- please bring something small with you to share with the group - this will be something to introduce yourself to the team. It can be a photo, a small item, anything. We'll go around the table at dinner and share our items.
On Sunday morning, you will have some free time to explore Budapest. We will leave for Beius around 11:00 or 12:00pm. The ride to Beius will take about 5-6 hours depending on traffic. We'll be traveling by mini coach bus/van type of vehicle. We'll stop along the way for lunch. We'll arrive in Beius in the evening, get settled in our rooms and head to the restaurant for dinner. You will get a chance to meet Emil, the volunteer coordinator at Habitat, and you'll get a quick introduction to the week.
On Monday morning, we wake up bright and early and head to the restaurant for breakfast - it's a mixture of egg dishes, yogurt and granola, and probably some fresh fruit. Then we will head to our work site and they will give us another orientation. You'll meet everyone from the Habitat affiliate and probably a few of the homeowners that might be on site that day. I'm not sure what exact tasks we will be doing yet - or what stage the house is on - we'll find out when it gets closer. We'll work until lunch (with a mini coffee break in the morning) and then head back to the restaurant for a quick bite to eat. Lunch will usually be make your own sandwiches and soups, maybe some salads. It's family buffet style. Then back to the worksite for more building! We'll end around 4pm and head back to our house to shower and enjoy the evening. We'll have a quick team meeting and go to dinner together but then the rest of the evening is yours.
The rest of the week will be very similar to Monday. We will have a few "cultural events" throughout the week. For example, we might visit one of the orphanages in town or go to the bear caves one evening. We'll take a tour of "Habitat" and you can see the office, previous houses, different types of builds, etc. The town of Beius is beautiful. There's a coffee shop, several other outside restaurants to catch a soccer game on tv, and plenty of places to go for a nice walk or run.
On Saturday, we may work a half day (or may not - depending on their schedule) and then have a full day of sight-seeing adventures in Romania. You will get to see why I love coming back to Romania every summer. Then on Sunday morning we will pack our bags and leave after breakfast for Budapest. We'll check into our hotel in the Castle District and then I have a special evening surprise/final dinner celebration that evening. You will love it! And then we say goodbye.
And that's our week! I've attached a few pictures from Budapest to get you excited about the trip!