Friday, January 4, 2008
Snowy arrival in Bucharest
We arrived safely after 19 hours of travel through Chicago, Vienna, and finally Bucharest. Just the day before our arrival the airport and much of the city had been shut down due to a highly unusual major dumping of over 20 inches of snow. Thankfully, the mayor kept his promise to have the streets mostly clear by today, and we landed without incident. We were met by the much of the New Horizons staff, and after off-loading the 7 extra suitcases we had carried for our hosts' Christmas presents and other long-distance ordering, we took our luggage to the curbside to catch the city bus, with the assistance of 4 wonderful Romanian guides from the New Horizons staff - Diana, Maria, George and Leroca. Another hour on the bus and we were able to walk the final half mile through snow-piled sidewalks and streets to our Midtown Youth Hostel. (see http://www.themidlandhostel.com for more on the hostel) where we rested for awhile and ordered local pizza and discussed the many different cultural boundaries we had crossed today. Tomorrow starts early with an overview of the history and current issues facing New Horizons, and a visit to two well-known Bucharest museums, the Village Museum and the Peasant Museum.