Our weekend in Sighișoara

The weekend we spent together in Sighișoara was the first big Caritas activity and Meeting of the Volunteers of my life, and I’m happy to say that I would like to have many more experiences like this.

We arrived in town on a Friday afternoon after a few hours of slightly stuffy, but still enjoyable road trip. When I drowsily peeked out the car window and I realised we would stay in the Old Town, my need for a coffee quickly disappeared. This part of the town was like a setting of a chivalric romance novel, and we all agreed that we definitely wouldn’t mind staying a couple of days longer.

To quote our event-closing saying: “The place would be 10/10 if it wasn’t for the stairs.” I agree wholeheartedly (I’d like to note that the highest point of the city was only accessible via 175 steps), but I would still happily put up with it if it meant that we can visit again.

To be honest, I wasn’t feeling particularly open when I left for the weekend, but by Friday evening I was already pleasantly surprised. We spent the first round in groups, trying to beat each other in solving challenging tasks: we collected plants, wrote the recipe for happiness, did push-ups, built a shoe tower and so on. We also talked in smaller groups and found that we have lots in common. The funny and creative tasks immediately created an atmosphere of fun and cheerfulness and it was great to see everyone got along so quickly. We worked together the whole weekend without any difficulties.

But my favorite part was still the Treasure hunt on the morning of the second day: when we saw that we had City tour from nine o’ clock to two, I sheepishly asked Beáta if that meant we were going to walk around for five hours. For those wondering: we didn’t. Although we didn’t tour the city for five hours, we still ended up wandering around for at least three, all the while the task proved to be much more interesting than we ever thought: we ended up navigating the streets of the city while we had to acquire pictures, tickets, or even jobs from different places. Although we found the Employment Committee closed, every team managed to buy tickets at the train station for the next stop five kilometers away. Some even got a bit of paperwork done, but to be honest, after the third group showed up at the police station for a document, they closed their doors. We caused quite the commotion at the train station too, when the fourth group of young people showed up and asked for 50 bani tickets to the next station 10 minutes away. No need to worry though, we all laughed it off later.

In the afternoon we had a career guidance workshop in groups, where we discovered our strengths and character traits, and I think everyone got a little closer to themselves and to what they want to do in the future.

All in all, I’d say we had a great time, made a lot of memories and gained a lot of experience. I really hope we’ll have many more occasions like this!

Article: Csenge Lőrincz-Ugron, volunteer
Translation: Zsuzsa Kertész, volunteer

The event was supported by the Communitas Foundation. Thank you!