For most of the group the day nr 5, when the project was slowly coming to an end, was a day out, where they could explore the Cluj-Napoca city and do different kind of tasks to have fun and improve their skills.
But me and four other people from Latvian team decided to go to the mountains as most of us had never seen them before. So we – 5 girls, rented a car and off we went. Little did we know that this experience would test our communication, team working, physical skills, patience and that we would experience a lot of real wow moments.
Our first big challenge was reading a blurry map without a certain understanding where exactly in the map was our location point and what was the scale of the map. At some point, as you can see in the picture we needed to use some team working skills, to read the map. It spite of our incredible outdoor orientation abilities, intuition and skill set to survive in the wild, we got lost. Our only chance to move forwards to our goals was to ask for local people help. Mountain and village people do not speak English or Russian or any other language except Romania. So it was the right moment to test what we have learned during the days in workshop. We became extremely expressive. We used our non-verbal and para-verbal communication methods and the local people who were very nice and tried to help us did the same. Without their help and ability to understand each other we would probably be still wondering in the mountains till this day.
We moved on and an idea to see some caves appeared, but it was not as easy as one could think. We could not find them easily and for this, we had to be patient and assertive. While on our way, we were amazed by the beauty of Romanian nature but for some moments it seemed that instead of the caves we will find the Dracula castle or Dracula himself.
We learned that sheep do not feel bothered by cars. And sheppards are neither bothered.
We came back from the mountains late, tired but happy, for discovering something more about Romani, one another and ourselves.
This was a journey that we will never forget!
By Liga Apsane
This project was financed by Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission