Well…I survived the long travel days. Kathe and I stayed overnight at the Bucharest Airport and we are so thankful to our fellow volunteer Brian. He went above and beyond to help us out…giving us the opportunity to stay in the airport lounge which had comfortable seating, food, and drinks. This was yet another wonderful surprise that made the trip better than anticipated. Thank you, Brian.
After spending the night in an airport, all you hope for is that you have no delays, cancellations, or missed flights. Bucharest to Frankfurt…easy. Frankfurt to Calgary…besides it being almost ten hours, easy. THEN we arrived at the Calgary Airport. The Calgary Airport has got to be the most unfriendliest maze to maneuver for international travelers with a short layover. Lost luggage and a marathon ensued! IMAGINE…spending the night in an airport, then 13 hours in the sky, and you are only an hour and half flight away from being home. We were MORE than determined to make our flight and we did it!!! It felt like such an accomplishment to sit in our seats on that plane. I just felt bad for the person that got stuck in the seat next to me…I definitely did not smell pretty.
After the marathon madness and final take-off, it was time to chill. I needed some music…to be specific…M. Ward and Wilco. Ahhh…easing of the mind is a wonderful thing. AND…you can only guess that the final landing at the Portland Airport, 1:55pm on Sunday felt AWESOME!!! It was such an amazing homecoming. It DID feel really good to hold my family again and you would never guess how many bad pun jokes I got caught up on. 🙂 Thanks John, Cassidy, & Abbey for a wonderful Sunday and Monday!
I am still feeling pretty overwhelmed from the trip. It has been a little weird coming back and getting on track with my days…almost as if I am having more culture shock coming back instead of going there. Weird, huh?! I think I have experienced almost every emotion possible in the past two weeks. My time in Romania has definitely changed me. Exactly how and in what way I do not know…but I am excited to see where it leads me!
I also wanted to correct something from an earlier post. On the post titled “Rasnov, Romania” I included a picture of the secret stairs from Bran “Dracula’s” Castle. EXCEPT…they are the wrong set of stairs! So…here is a picture of the real secret stairs. These stairs are far more fitting of “secret stairs.” 🙂
Thank you, Kathe & Brian…it was great to be part of the experience with you AND thank you to everyone who followed along with the blog. I enjoyed sharing my experience with you all. I am going to put something together that will include video and pictures I took…capturing conversations and bringing life to the experiences I wrote about…I can’t wait to share it with you. Realistically, it may be a couple/few weeks…but be sure to check back!
I do not intend for this to be the last use of this blog. Like I said in an earlier post, my/our future travels will be designed differently. I dream to have many more travelingvolunteer adventures to bring to you.