Once we arrived at the Pro Vita village we were greeted by a dining hall full of people. Children of all ages sat around tables, but there were also adults from all over who had come for lunch after the service to see Father Tanase, who is the founder of Pro Vita. After lunch we spent some time playing with the kids outside and getting to know them. Then we were led on a tour of the village by Virorica and one of the residents. They showed us around the different houses that had kids of all ages in every room. We got to hang out with some of the youngest kids, even though we had no way to communicate verbally we had a lot of fun visiting them. Part of the tour included meeting the master carpenter of Pro Vita, John. He showed us his wood shop and explained how they make all of their own wood from the trees on the property and are able to use his creations throughout the village. As we continued, we got a tour of the farm and we got to see all sorts of animals, from baby pigs, to sheep, and even milk cows. Leaving the village was bittersweet since we had just gotten to know the residents but we hope to visit again before we leave.
We were thrilled to return to the girls' campus where we have been staying.The girls were excited to see us since we had not seen them all day and we proceeded to play games with them in the courtyard. For the rest of the afternoon, we spent time laughing and playing games like duck duck goose and country country. This connected us all to the kids and we all have come to a great appreciation of the way the Romanian people live. We are all so thankful for the love and happiness our new friends have shared with us. We have all fallen in love with the culture, scenery, and most of all the people we have gotten to meet.
-Barton Balistreri and Mackie Wainstein