Someone says it takes 21 days to get used to something. There are those who argue and argue that it takes at least two months. What happens to a person who has lived eleven months in another country in a virtually unchanged environment? After 11 months of work as a teacher in Vorkuta, I still communicate with some colleagues, with many students and their parents, and just with people with whom I managed to make friends. I am very used to and still miss the time, people and place.
A year ago, on 16 March 2018, I received an email from Attila Ráduly. To be honest, I completely forgot that I sent an application for participation in the project, and that day I did not remember it at all, because I was waiting for a long-awaited, but still very unexpected trip to Turkey. Quickly sent the documents that were written in the letter, and safely erased from memory this information.
Today, I will write about a strange but interesting trip.
I will start with the fact that I did not went alone, but with a volunteer from Armenia - Alen. On Friday, January 25, we started our trip at 8 am in the direction of Brasov. The weather was overcast, but not rainy. I will not describe the details of our journey, I will show the route in the cities and I will stop at the most important areas: Târgu Secuiesc - St. George (in tranzit) – Brasov (in tranzit) - Făgăraş (visit).
Far from home, without knowledge of the language, surrounded by complete strangers, each volunteer has a ray of light – mentor. Mentor-friend, mom and dad, brother and sister, assistant. I was very lucky because my mentor Gayane Asatryan is not just a mentor, but a person with a capital letter. I haven't had a week, without she asked me how I was doing, how I was feeling. Gayane shared with me the most precious thing in her life – her family. She let me into her heart, and I hope I'm able to respond with the same kindness.
In fact, the mentor is a very important and necessary person in the life of each volunteer.
I have a small tradition-at the beginning of each new year to sum up the results of last year. So today I will share with you the results of 2018.
For me this year was one of the most unusual. He was generous with surprises and filled with a lot of spontaneous decisions.
2018 I started, going on a little trip, maybe that's why I travel all year.
- New year's eve with my girlfriend and take the suitcase. Birthday in Jordan and meeting interesting people.
Here comes the end of 2018 - a year of change, reflection and innovation. I believe that every year we become a little better and learn something new. 2018 was no exception. This year has taught me how to repair my own heart, how to reassemble myself, how to manage without the people you thought they would be in your life for a long time. This year has taught me that no one is really with you, that you have to deal with everything yourself. No one will put you back on your feet but only you. This year has shown me how important it is to be yourself in any situation, how important it is to be able to make decisions on your own, how to listen and hear yourself.
Kindergarten, school, University, work, family, pension, cemetery…
A very dull list of the" most important things " in this life. Have you ever thought about changing something? And what did you do for this? The correct answer for most is nothing, or pathetic attempts.
I took the first but very important step towards to change. I came to Romania for the EVS project. Every day there are different events that fill my life with new emotions and bright colors.
One of such bright events is an intermediate MTM training in Brasov. For 3 days, many of my thoughts turned upside down thanks to the people who were around all this time. I got a kick that makes me act.
Today I will write about my colleagues-volunteers. About those with whom I have to live the next 6 months!
Carmencita and Miguel are from Spain. Very young guys who are just beginning their adult life. They meet, do CrossFit and try to get the most out of life! Carmen has been on the project since may 4, that is the sixth month, and Miguel arrived only in August.
Alen is from Armenia. And he is the second person after my mentor who speaks Russian! This Armenian`s really loves life! I am very glad that he is here, for him the project began recently-in early August, and will end as for all of us on April 28.
I've been thinking about it a lot lately. And really, why don't people fly? Imagine how great that would be! You miss your home and flapping your wings, waving for hours you're home. You want to see Arad once or twice, and you're already in another city. You are late for work-it does not matter, you can fly in a few seconds!
Seriously, as a child, the dream of flying like birds is very pragmatic - it seems to us that it would be surprising if people had wings and could fly anywhere. Over time, the desire to have wings is transformed, becomes more symbolic – in difficult or unpleasant psychological situations, it seems, the only possible option for successful development of events is flying like a bird.