14.09.2014 25 °C
We arrived into Tigru Mures this morning after an 8.30 AM flight. We were nervous as we got off the plane, entering the smallest airport we've ever seen! We were filled with excitement about starting our gap year, and any nerves we had soon melted away when we were met by our country manager Erno. Erno has been working with the charity since 2011 and is also a school teacher in a nearby town. During the two hour journey from the airport to Keresztur, we chatted away with Erno, finding out what exactly our trip would involve, telling him about our previous trip to Romania and learning a bit about his background and experience with the children. We arrived at our accommodation, a small guest house run by the Catholic Church, absolutely exhausted.
Erno explained that for most of the time we will have the place to ourselves, which is a shame as we would have liked to meet other people, however it means that we can really make ourselves at home here. The woman who runs the guest house doesn't speak a word of English... We'll be sharing a room (they offered us each one but we're too scared) which is small but clean and sweet. Erno then took us for a walk through the town, which is very pretty, and showed us all of the essential shops that we will need. Two minutes walk from our house is a corner shop, bar and restaurant, and it's clear that we won't be venturing very far from these- there's literally nowhere else to go! He left us at the restaurant where we both tucked into pizzas. Our waiter's stunted English amuses us both, especially as he says 'cheers' in response to pretty much anything. We've spent most of the afternoon just getting used to the place and unpacking. We went back to the restaurant for dinner - we've already gotten to know the waiters and they'll definitely be seeing a lot of us - but the real adventure starts tomorrow where Erno will take us to meet the children.
Sally and Emily