The first bricks of the foundations went down today. An emotional moment for many.
Lunch is always welcome!
Caroline and Sarah embracing their last day on site.
Dr Brown leading the charge.
The Macarena was chosen as today's warm up routine.
No gym memberships required here.
Day Five was a very important day; Mother Teresa's coronation. The Birthday girl was crowned early in the morning and ruled her subjects with grace throughout the day.
Sasha finds time in between bars to practise her plié.
Miss Cassidy hoping for a Bob the Builder plaster.
Sara is modelling the newest shade of Bacau Bronzer; a perfect addiction to any contour kit.
Made completely of freshly wired steel, the bronzer comes in one classic shade to suit all skin tones.
Available at your local/international Habitat for Humanity work site.
Hurry - while stocks last!
Applying sun cream and plaiting hair happens on the hotel steps at 8am.
The girls promise me they will be up at this time every morning for the rest of the holidays.
Today we visited an agricultural museum after our visit to 'Habitat street' and experienced some traditional and historical Romanian culture.
Today we visited Moinesti where we met another Habitat team from Northern Ireland who were working on a triplex and quadruplex. We had the opportunity to go inside and see the layout and interior work, this gave us an insight as to how the houses we are working on in Bachu will end up looking.
Then we walked down a street locally known as Habitat street, there were 7 buildings with four houses which started in 2007 and the last four were finished this year. Donated materials were used for the building of the houses which turned this dust street into a loving community. These houses now belong to 28 families and they pay a lower mortgage of 90 euro which is more affordable. Although these families have been provided with a home there is still a high need for more homes.
Overall, meeting the other Northern Ireland team and walking through Habitat street was a very enjoyable experience for everyone.
On site today after a Charlotte lead warm-up, six people finished off the rebar in a flurry of ballet and singing and then began manoeuvring the piles of rebars down to another pile for easier access. This trek continued for the rest of the day and involved lots of singing. All the singing.
During lunch there was a fierce Irish-dance-off as well as beauty advice from Dr Brown on Sara's beautiful face covered in rust which is now known as Bacau bronzer.
Then we headed back to the hotel for a quick 20 minute turnaround to head back out and meet another team.
Emily is an expert at "re-bar" now. She doesn't even need to look.
Today was another sunny and warm day with temperatures higher than we have worked in previously.
We started the day with a quick warm up session with Steffi which got us all buzzing and ready to go. We really enjoyed it!
We continued with cement mixing, rebar construction and had a go at some digging of the foundations. It was tough work especially in the heat but through hydrating ourselves and taking regular 5 minute breaks we were able to maintain our strength on building site.
When working with cement, we found it was extremely heavy but once we got the hang of it; We found we were able to carry more and more in our wheelbarrows every time.
The work is very rewarding and we all enjoy it a lot. We are always willing and ready to do more!
Today we took our journey to a national level. As a Romanian news crew visited the site. We arrived with our glamorous hats and gloves to meet the press. A few of us were chosen to be interviewed while the rest of the team provided a beautiful back drop.
While being interviewed Steffi translated the wide range of topics. This included the previous work we have done on the site and our adventure in Romania. We were then hot seated on our lives back home and what they consisted off.
This enabled us to immediately reflect on our past experiences and our new found outlook on our lives.
Tuitzi, Katie, Rachel, Marius, Razvan, Erin and Soha.
Rachel and Marius.
Today at the building site Marius, one of the beneficiaries, told us his emotional story about his family. Marius is terminally ill and so he explained that it is important for him to provide a house for his two children. He told us about his faith and how he feels it is important to have fun and be humorous as "what will be will be".
At the end of this touching story he offered his orthodox beads, (similar to prayer beads) to Rachel as a way to remember him and our time in Romania. Marius' story made it even more evident how important the work with Habitat for Humanity is and the impact their work has on individuals here.