Elderly Club Group Outing!

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.

Just a glimpse of the monastery
Just a glimpse of the Brancoveanu Monastery
Damen and I sharing a “moment” while walking back to the bus from the monastery.
This photo was zoomed in and taken while riding on the bus, but it was my first time seeing the snow-capped Carpathian Mountains! Absolutely beautiful.

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.

One of the elderly women felt the need to pick up a live mouse that we found on the staircase leading up to the mansion. This provided loads of entertainment for all observing and involved!

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!

Sarah and Darbi were the only other two RSP students that traveled with the group. We were fortunate for the opportunity to join the Elderly Club Group Outing!!

La revedere!

*** Marga  =)

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