Although the flight was fully booked, I ended up with an empty seat next to me, so Amy J. came to sit with me. I was in the row right behind the middle bathroom, which was nice because of the extra legroom, but not-so-nice because of the smell every time someone opened the bathroom door (as well as the discomfort of the tray tables that came out of the armrests).
We had anticipated a 10.5 hour flight from NYC to Bucharest, but we actually arrived almost an hour and a half early. The flight was boring—none of the inflight entertainment I had been looking forward to was on that particular flight. I didn’t sleep more than five minutes. Suffice it to say that by the time we arrived in Bucharest, we were all exhausted and couldn’t wait for a shower and bedtime.
Unfortunately, we had to wait quite a while for those things. We hung out in the “basement” of the airport until around 12:30, when Dan (country leader Mihaela’s husband) arrived to drop off departing volunteers and to pick up the arriving volunteers.
Carol and Amy J.
Once all the volunteers arrived (around 3:30) we all piled into a bus and headed for Tutova, via McDonald’s in Buzău for dinner. I slept about half an hour on that leg of the ride, and then maybe 1.5-2 hours on the second leg.
So now we’re at the hotel (I'm rooming with Amy J.), and there’s a lightning/wind storm going on. The power has flickered off and back on a couple times—along with the air conditioner, which beeps when that happens. Hopefully it won’t occur too often during the night.