Yesterday started with a visit to the coffee shop in the building next to my Airbnb, which my host recommended, and which was fantastic. I then took my first Romanian Uber ride (which turned out to be the 1st of 4 in one day!) to meet my friend Adoriana and her husband Bogdan at their church. Last time I saw them, they were helping me into my 3am cab to the airport in 2016...it was so nice to see them again, in the light of day! Their church is small and meets in a medical clinic, and I enjoyed the service and the people there a lot.
at Adoriana and Bogdan's church
Afterwards, Adoriana and I took another Uber to a really nice mall. In the middle of the mall, there are waterfalls, a ropes course, a skating rink, and a rollercoaster! She treated me to lunch in the food court (my first mamaliga of the whole trip!), and then I bought some new socks (I've been going through multiple pairs a day) and went on my way. After coming "home" to change, I took the subway up to the biggest park in Bucharest, explored for quite awhile in the snowy beauty, then came back to the Old Town area and got dinner and a drink on the top floor of the amazing bookstore there.
|a bench at Herastrau Park|
more Herastrau Park
Some kind of chocolatey orange drink,
called a Winter's Dream!
|This morning's breakfast|
|At the National Theatre|
My first attempt at using the panoramic function on this phone.
I kind of cut the theatre in half, but you get the idea.
Palace of the Parliament. The heaviest building
in the world, visible from the moon...but not
entirely visible from down the street today
Despite the weather, I made it to my favorite park
One last bowl of my favorite soup, and my own
little pitcher of mint lemonade. That's right,
I'm allowed to drink lemonade from a pitcher
with a straw.
The plan is for me to return to Romania next year, if not before. I'm so thankful for this plan, but I also know that it is MY plan and that God's plan has not been revealed. Every time I say goodbye to this place, I know that it could be the last, though I hope with my whole heart that it won't be. I'm eager for home, with my family and friends and my apartment and my church and my work and my flip-flops and my iced coffees and my ability to so easily navigate my world. But I'm already eager, also, to be back here again, beginning another adventure.
Thanks for reading!