Six months passed since the first phase of training in Serbia and it was time for the second phase of training which started on October 21, 2016. Ten days of learning, discussing and debating on important and interesting global issues. The second phase was an opportunity to meet again with twenty participants whom I first met in April, in a new destination to gain new memorable experiences.
When I arrived in Bucharest, I met my friends from Portugal and Romania and we spent the day walking around the city and enjoying the touristic attractions. In the evening we took the train to Busteni, a small mountain city, one of the popular winter attraction sites that is surrounded by a colorful natural and environment. Training sessions was held in Gura Diham Hotel.
The weather was cloudy most of the days and the sun peaking occasionally warmed us. Mountains and forests around the hotel were colored by breathtaking autumn colors, trees in green, orange, yellow and red.
Training included several global issues. Such as, global agenda, boycott, cultural relativism, poverty porn, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), our experiences from our workshops that we delivered in the period between training phases, difficulties we faced and gaps that needed to be bridged. It was a great learning experience with awesome friends. A platform that connected between people who have committed to take care of our planet and increase awareness around us, because after all, we all share one planet and same resources.
During our stay, we had the chance to visit Peleș Castle, a castle near Sinaia that was built between 1873 and 1941, with an amazing architectural design. It was an amazing experience for me since it was the first time I saw the beauty of autumn colors.
And as any great experience, it had to come to an end. Ten days passed like a blink of an eye and we had to leave Busteni. But, only after we faced our fears, committed to continue our journey and to try our best to contribute to our planet in any way we can.
Photos by Laura Camarut