Yesterday we had a surprise trip to enjoy some of the beauties of Transylvania. Our first stop was the Red Lake or the Killer lake.
The Red Lake (Lacul Roșu) or the Killer lake (Gyilkos-tó) is the biggest natural barrier-lake in Romania. We had the opportunity to see it even from above, because we hiked the peak, that watches over the lake.
The hike was worth the invested energy. This is the view, that waited us:
Aand we even have a video, to show you the panorama:
After the lunch, that we had on the top of the peak, we went back to the lake, and we had a short rest. The bus took us to our next stop: the Bicaz-Gorge.
The Bicaz Gorge (Romanian: Cheile Bicazului, Hungarian: Békás-szoros) is picturesque looking area, where there are bazaars for tourists as well.
And the funniest thing: we found a ball:
The ball was having fun, just by itself, without any human interaction. It was real pleasure to watch:
After the evaluation of the canoe-expedition, we had a lot of leisure-time to wander around in the surrounding of the Outward Bound International Youth Centre. After the leisure time the preparations have started to the working part of the EWOCA-Camp.
We found out, that we will renovate one of the buildings of the Outward Bound International Youth Centre. The group was really enthusiastic and motivated to get things started at the renovation.
Friday the work continued, and in the afternoon, during the leisure time we had the opportunity to enjoy the activities in the ropescourse and having fun with the coloured wool-tulips. One cannot miss some nice pictures with a blue mustache, isn’t it, Taaniel?
We were taking a lot of time for the preparation of the canoe-expedition. There were five groups, who took care of the administration of the whole expedition: water equipment team, camping equipment team, navigation team, time management and safety team, and the most important: the kitchen team.
The canoe-expedition at the Bözöd-lake and on the Mureș-river (or Maros for the transilvanian hungarians) was an exiting event, filled with unforeseen situations, joyful moments and a lot of mosquitoes. The first day of the expedition we spent on the Bözöd (Bezid) lake, where we learned and practiced the pedalling and the canoe steering, along with other safety issues. The evening took us on surprise, unfortunately the fire making and warm food cooking took us a lot of time, but after the dinner everybody had a good night sleep and in the morning we were ready to the new adventures on the Mureș-river.
The river tricked us sometimes, we got stuck with the canoe, but otherwise it was a smooth trip. We managed to have a great stow digged out from the ground and we had a marvellously tasty dinner (especially the vegetarian one), we even managed to have mint and buckthorn tea for refreshing our muscles. All together it would have been a great experience, if our camping place would not been filled by thousands of mosquitoes. Anyhow, in the morning we were ready for the last part of our expedition.
We reached the Outward Bound Centre in safety, so we cleaned the equipment and we gived it back to the organisation. After that we had a nice hot shower and a dinner, that did not need any preparation from our side.
Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again in Romania 2016. This was only how the campers could ever say goodbye to their friends. It was really hard. After breakfast the Romanians have already packed their bag and baggages since their flight was leaving at 1:00 pm. Everybody gathered by the busses side, hugs, kisses and tears, as the Romanian group departed. Not long after the Romanian group left, it was time for the Estonian group to say goodbye, more tears , more hugs, until we meet again.
Jonas: “I loved everything about this camp, but I hate that I was too short.
At 8 am the campers have already woken up. The day’s plan was to do a general feedback, as it was the last day of the camp. After breakfast, all the campers gathered with the team leaders to do a general feedback, which was a success. After the feedback, the campers started getting ready for the closing party. At 6:00 pm the party started, first Harry and his crew presented their music performance to the Campers, it was really cool, after that they watched a shot movie of the starting of the camp to the end, this made the majority of the campers cry, knowing that they will be leaving the next day. All the campers played some party games, danced and were merry together. After dinner they gathered by the fire side, the atmosphere was calmed.
After breakfast in the morning we were informed that 2 groups still have to go to Duisburg Landschaftpark for Climbing and the rest groups that weren’t going climbing should continue working.
The first group headed for Climbing, while the rest built furniture and Flower-beds with pallets. Some of the campers were informed to clean around the camp since the Mayor of Oberhausen was coming to visit. Lisa and Harry taught some of the campers how to drum, which was really fun.
After lunch, we all waited for the Mayor’s arriver on top of the Hill were we work in the past few weeks. When the Mayor arrived we presented our works to him, and he was amazed. We all took pictures with him, which was later published in the cities newspaper.
The day was closed by a camp fire where the atmosphere just became better we all sang for Robert since it was his birthday.
After the warm-up in the morning the groups were divided into 4. The first group of 7 headed to “Landschaftspark in Duisburg” for Climbing. This was not so easy because some of us were afraid of height, but the rest were very excited.
The others had to continue with work because there was a lot to be done. The plan was to paint our national flags on a Garfield cat in front of the camp and also do some graffiti work. This was very fun, since majority of us loved painting. When the first group returned the second group headed for Duisburg for Climbing. Wednesday was the most challenging day for us. This we found out at the feedback session in the evening.
After lunch we all had the opportunity to go to Centro for shopping. At 5 pm we visited a cultural Center called Druckluft, were some of us had the opportunity of having a “henna Tattoo”.