One of the highlights from last week was being able to bump around on a tour bus all day for an Elderly Club Group Outing! We visited the Brancoveanu Monastery and the Brukenthal Palace near Sibiu. A team from the United States joined the excursion with the elderly, along with Damen, a Romanian adopted by an American family. Damen is 23 years old, has a mild case of autism, and was partnered with me for the day. We had a lot of fun admiring the beautiful countryside during our 10 hours together, and had many “moments” throughout the day that were memorable.
Our second stop of the day was to Brukenthal Palace which during the summer months is open for tours. However, we arrived in the off-season, so we were only able to admire the mansion, guest house, and garden from outside.
All in all, it was a fun but long day. We frequently had to stop the bus on the side of the road because someone was feeling car-sick, so that an elderly club member could use the restroom, or to pick the wildflowers and mushrooms on the hillside near the road. It was quite the adventure, and we had a lot of fun touring different parts of Romania!
*** Marga =)