For a second year, Penny and students from Hulme Hall visited St Gabriel’s Children’s Home, Bucharest, a beacon of good practice in Romania run by FARA. The trip was sponsored by the Hulme Hall Trust Fund to encourage the broadening of student’s university experience.
Martin Kelly sent us this postcard…
Each day measured around 30 degrees, with only one day of rain worth noting. We experienced the various home cooking, including creamy rice pudding, mashed corn, fresh juicy home grown tomatoes, sweet watermelons, plenty of bread and salami meats. The highlight for me was a fish barbecue on the Saturday; Domna Cristina’s husband cooked a deliciously sweet and tender fish with a hot chilli sauce. Alongside the fish was what may have been eel, but we weren’t really sure… to me it tasted like Worcestershire sauce. Our contribution was an apple crumble on the Sunday and Monday, which seemed to go down well!
The hospitality was immense, with the children shooing us away each time we attempted to wash up. We visited an Orthodox church during our stay too on the Feast of the Transfiguration. The congregation had brought all sorts of food to be blessed and shared. Looking like tourists as we did, the locals were extremely generous in offering us food.
The kids were always eager to play, and we spent much of our time on the trampoline, playing cards, rummy, badminton, on there bikes, in the paddling pools, doing arts and crafts and winding up the neighbours with a bongo. We did get some respite in the mornings with the kids still in bed and fresh coffee being offered, and when one of the older children showed us round Bucharest.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at St Gabriel’s and wish the kids all the best. I hope to see them all again sometime, and would love to visit the country a second time. I hope that groups from Hulme hall and St Chrysostom’s continue to visit, as the kids seem to really love the visits.”