I’ve been procrastinating re: this post because I just don’t know how to document my experience. The description on my photo set says, “Thirty five people from various US Military installations in Germany brought Christmas to 77 kids at an orphanage in Mosty, Poland.”
After a long bus ride, we arrived, settled in, and explored Szczecin the first day:
I was intrigued by the variety of architecture – Eastern bloc, old, and modern all mixed together:
In addition to regular firewood, they used old furniture to keep the common room warm. Here’s something to think about: We all took turns standing near the fire at different parts of the day. But the kids were used to the chill.
We didn’t have a common language with the kids, but we communicated well. I just noticed that in this photo, snapped just as we arrived, the Americans are standing around with their hands in their pockets, not sure quite sure what to do. The picture of Heather and her new friend below really shows how far we all came in just one day.
I stole this from someone in the group and just found it in an e-mail I sent to Kara:
- 24 hours on a bus, crappy.
- 24 hours on a bus in a 65 hour time frame, crappier.
- 24 hours on a bus in a 65 hour time frame with 35 other people invading your personal bubble, crappier still.
- 24 hours on a bus in a 65 hour time frame with 35 other people invading your personal bubble, in order to deliver Christmas presents to children who would normally do without, priceless.
More photos from the trip are on Flickr.