I have been itching to write this post for a long time. My friends, The Style Me Bloggers, are writing about travel today, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share this story.
Last August, my husband and I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Bucharest, Romania. Hubby’s company, has created a partnership called “Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity” and has been a part of Habitat builds all over the world.
We left New York at 9pm and flew to Amsterdam with a very short layover. Just enough time to scarf down a breakfast sandwich and coffee in line at the gate. We then flew to Bucharest and arrived at our hotel just in time for dinner! Funny how you really do lose a day!
We met up with our team and were briefed on how the week would work. One thing that I love is that because Thrivent is a Christian company, we had devotions with our team of 30 each evening. I even led it one evening.
Each morning, after breakfast, we would walk for about 25 minutes through the city to our work site: An orphanage called The S.O.S. Childrens Home. It was actually a little village of 12 houses. Each house holds a social mother and 6 children. She cares for them as her own. It has similarities to our foster care, but the children all live in the village instead of out in the community.
Our main job for the week was to insulate one of the houses. We had to wear hard hats at all times while on site, as well as protective gloves and glasses.
That bucket of “mud” is sitting on a stack of insulation. Now I had never worked with insulation before and had no idea how prickly it was – until I felt it pricking me – all over my body. All I wanted to do each evening is take a shower. But it turns out, that made it hurt even more!
One of the highlights of our week was trying to teach the kids to play baseball. Now we didn’t speak Romainian and they had never heard of baseball! It was pretty hysterical!
At the end of the week, we had a couple of days of sightseeing. Bucharest is called “The Paris of the East” and it is a lovely city albeit still trying to find it’s footing after communism.
Of course you knew I’d sneak an outfit in here! I bought this peasant top in Brasov at a little outdoor market. I think it’s the beautiful reminder of a beautiful place!
This was such a special trip in so many ways. We were able to learn many new skills, hopefully make for a warmer winter for a family and soak up more history and culture than we knew existed!
Both the hubby and I feel that if we are ever presented an opportunity like this again – we will be all over it!
This summer? We are in the middle of planning a trip to California! More on that later 🙂
How about you? Any plans for travel this summer?
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