Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bucharest - Lupeni Road Trip

We woke up this morning with a big cross country road trip ahead of us.  We left the youth hostile in Bucharest at about 10 am and arrived in Lupeni at 7 pm.  Along the way we stopped at a few side adventures.  
One of these adventures was visit to a monastery set in the hills of Romania.  A steep road climbed from the surrounding village to the monastery.  At the monastery we got a peek inside of the church.  From the walls to the ceiling the inside of the church was covered with religious paintings.  The color was almost overwhelming, but with it brought a sense of awe and admiration.  This beautiful human art contained within the church along with the snow covered hills around gave glory to the creative God who made this all and also gave His creative gifts to humans.
A quick thirty minute shopping spree at roadside pottery shops was a highlight of the day for many on the trip.  Many of us bought all colors and shapes of pottery.  Hopefully it will all fit in our suitcases going home.  It turns out that the clay is collected locally.
One more stop before Lupeni was a tall tower.  It was pretty much a giant toothpick reaching to the sky, a fun stop to get out and take pictures.
All the way from Bucharest to Lupeni the snacks on the bus went round and round, but this did not ruin our appetite for pizza at Pizza Planet in Lupeni.  The entire menu was in Romanian, but luckily we were given translation cards for the pizza toppings on the menu so we knew somewhat what kind of pizza we were getting.  An interesting thing about the pizza was that it did not come with sauce on it, but rather we dipped our pizza in the sauce. 
The day concludes with our final resting place at the apartments and a house set in the hills of the city of Lupeni.  We are all looking forward to team building games tomorrow at the top of Straja peak.  We'll bundle up good and have some fun.  Go team!  Go!

1 comment:

Mark Minegar said...


Sorry I'm responding so late in your trip. Sounds like lifelong impressions are being made in your interim study.

As I pray for you, memories of time spent in Okinawa and Italy are trickling back. No doubt this 'class' will stay with you like few others at Calvin.

Was Dana's paper on Dumitru Stainiloae required reading? If so, what were your impressions?

Signing off for now,