Bucharest

Trip Start Jul 29, 2007
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Trip End Sep 02, 2007


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Thursday, August 2, 2007

We woke up this morning around 6am, just couldn't sleep any longer.  All this talk about record temperatures came to nothing as today was quite cool and it rained most of the day. 
After having breakfast and talking to Roxy's parents we went sight seeing.  We went and saw the Romanian Parliament House in Bucharest that was entirely built from Romanian materials and by Romanian people (about 20000).  The building is very impressive (see the photos) and is by area the second largest building (after Pentagon) in the world.  I have never seen so much marble in my life.  The building has about 1000 rooms and on a working week about 5000 people work in the building.  We also found some interesting things out like the worlds heaviest curtains weighing 1 tonne, that Ceausescu (former communist leader) was scared of air conditioning that he wouldn't get poisoned, a set of stairs was rebuilt 4 times as Ceausescu and his wife didn't like them, etc.  We were also privileged to see the principal architect of the building.  All I can say is just look at the photos.  From all the photos we visited only 20 rooms and that makes about 4% of the total building area.  It is pretty enormous.
After that we went to a shopping center in Bucharest where we bought ourselves shoes and Roxy bought also "other stuff" (girly things). 
Following the "exciting" shopping we had lunch and then we were on our way to visit our sponsor child in Odobesti (through International Children's Care - ICC).  It took us about 2 hours to arrive there but it was worth it.  After initial mix up of which child we are sponsoring everything got sorted.  It was a little awkward because we gave the presents to a wrong girl.  When our sponsor girl got the presents she took the doll and gave it to the other girl as she saw how much she liked it.  I couldn't believe how unselfish she was, this even brought tears to Roxy's eyes.  To top it off, she also shared her sweets with all the other kids in this particular house (9 of them).  The complex has 3 houses with 9 kids living in each of them.  The kids are getting good care and we were so impressed that we want to sponsor another child as soon as we get back to Australia.
After playing with all of the kids to exhaustion we were on our way to Sinaia.  On the way there we stopped at a restaurant owned by one of Roxy's friends where we had the best vegetarian meal since we arrived to Europe.
About 9pm we made it to Sinaia, we had the shower and are about to go to bed. 
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