06 Oct

Annie Watson – Volunteering with my mum

Last year me and my family spent two weeks in Romania. The holiday was fun but different in many ways. We started in Cernavoda. Each day we went out to Casa Fericirii to see Turkian, Daniela, Romana, Adriana and Baba and if we were lucky Valerica and Elena too.  We also saw the kind-hearted charity workers that helped the Dragon’s Den to help kids in need. Seeing how excited they all were to go to a shopping centre, McDonalds and to see the beach made me realise how spoilt I am in England as this would be weekly things like going out for dinner. I enjoyed painting the walls and designing the library room as I felt good knowing I was doing something for charity. However, this also made me feel very lucky to have local libraries that I can go to with an amazing wide range of books to choose from and read.

Getting the train was a crazy experience. People where walking across the tracks to the other side instead of having bridges, other people jumped down onto the tracks and boarded the train from the opposite side. To be honest it was quite scary walking across the tracks as in England no one would ever have the idea of even doing that! I loved my stay here a lot but the photos that my mum showed me where every different to how it is now.

Later on, during the holiday, we visited Sinaia in the mountains. This was one of the most beautiful, lush places I had ever seen. The mountains were covered in green and had incredible views.  We ended up getting the cable cars up the mountains all the way to the top; this was an amazing experience. At the top it was very windy but the views where breath taking. It also felt pretty cool knowing that there were bears roaming around throughout the trees in the mountains we were in.  During this holiday we went to many different places to eat and some the choices of food where surprisingly a lot like England. Walking around the roads we came across many wild dogs which was unexpected, one of them gave me the fright of my life.  I wasn’t used to this happening as in England I would never see a wild dog running around freely.

Over all I enjoyed my experience so much in Romania. I loved all the places we visited as they were all spectacular and I loved spending time with the young people my mum knows. It gave me a great understanding of how different some countries may be to others. Also, it made me grateful for the opportunities I have that others don’t; this inspired me to help others in any ways possible to ensure they get what they need to live an enjoyable life that they deserve.

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