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Long time, no word…from India

Dear friends, 

It has been a really long time since my last updates. I’m truly sorry about that.
First of all for those of you who were wondering if I’m still alive, yes I’m safe and sound 😀

So, I got to India and I’m here for already a month and a half and I can say that I got what I wanted until now, both work and cultural experience. There are so many things that happened since I left the country and I really don’t know what I should start with. 😀

Let’s start with my departure…

On the 15th of August I left Romania for the first time in my life and for the first time by plane…I had to fly first to Dubai and then to Bangalore and between I had to wait for 13 hours. So actually I got to India after 24 hours since I left Romania. Never in my life I felt so tired. When I got to the airport AIESEC people were there waiting for me. 🙂 

First cultural shock – traffic in Bangalore is something that you don’t see everyday :)) I must say that here doesn’t seem to be any rule for driving, everybody just wants to get where they need to get. And for pedestrians, crossing the street is a real adventure…
From the airport I went to my accommodation where I met a small girl who didn’t look more than 20 (she is elder than me 😉 ). Soon I was to discover that she will be my boss and that the saying “Strong essences are kept in small bottles” is true 😀 .

The next thing I had to deal with was the food. Kashmira (my boss) is a great cook and the food was amazing, but too many flavours and spices for me in a single dish to deal with for the first day. But the good thing is that I’m used with it now and I like it.

I went to the hotel the next day where I met so many people that at the end of the day I forgot most of the names :D. Never in my life I met so many smiling faces! It was like everybody accepted me on the spot (I’ll never know if that was the case or not 😀 ). After a property tour I was under the impression that the hotel was a labyrinth. If someone had asked me to go somewhere I wouldn’t be able to go to that place. All I can say is that at the end of that day I was feeling like Alice in Wonderland, lost and amazed in the same time :D. 

To be continued…:D
Photos will come soon 🙂

P.S. Million thanks to all of you that helped me 🙂

Long time, no see:) – part 1

Hey, world! What are you up to? I know, I know, I haven’t been quite “the posting lady” for my adventure to Egypt, but the internet there was so slow, that I could not upload or barely connect to anything, so I dropped it, using my nerves to chill my family about the situation and that’s it. So sorry for that, but now you can have, in premiere, the full story!

First of all I would like to thank all the people that have helped and supported me to go to this International Congress – I’m not playing with words, it really means a lot to me, I know I said “thank you” a lot of times, but I feel it’s never enough. And this includes also the Autoliv company, which also was there for me:)

A lot of coordinates changed for our Congress and you will see which and how.

It was a beautiful feeling – the whole Romanian delegation leaving to Cairo, we took a funny picture in the airport and we took off, thinking of the 14h wait we were supposed to have in Cairo airport, without having the permission to leave it.

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So we landed in Cairo at around 2 am. and our flight to Sharm el-Sheikh was leaving next day, at 5 p.m. We stayed in a cafe’ near the airport, Kiro’s or something like this, we rested, ate something, played with some Egyptian threads that were put at our disposal by the Congress Committee and just waited. I have to say I went out of the cafe at some point and just stared at the streets, analyzing the cars and everything.

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Maybe you know this, but it really amazes me that in Egypt there are no traffic lights, everything goes randomly and all the cars honk all the freaking time. And you can see them having bumps in different places, because they hit other cars – it’s quite funny I saw only one “clean” car, the rest were damaged in certain places. Also, there is this habit or procedure that all the luggage goes on top of the van, of the car, of the minibus, whatever. It’s odd, people climb a stair in order to do that, but it was something definitely out of the ordinary.

I befriended the bartenders at the cafe and asked them about facts from Egypt and it’s quite sad that except for two months, it doesn’t rain in Egypt. At all. The water supply comes mostly from the Nile. It was really amiable that the bartenders, when we went back inside, brought us some cakes (they were not as ordinary cakes, but I have no idea how to describe them), on the house, just to taste it. They were honey-ed all over and very sweet, but otherwise good. And I also drank the best and refreshing watermelon smoothie-juice ever. Reaaally really delicious.

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After 14hours of sleeping, waiting, random activities, we took off to Sharm el-Sheikh. We checked in, were taken to the Amar Sina resort, something like a hostel and we collapsed on our beds. We had one day of pre-stay before the conference started, so the next day we wanted to go to the beach, to the Red Sea. I would like to add here a small comment about the security … Sharm el-Sheikh was the safest place where we could have been, so even though we passed through a lot of security checks and everything, nothing really happened. I will tell you more about the revolution in the following days.

It’s very hot in Egypt and the air is hot but fortunately I could adapt to it. And in the rooms there is always air conditioner, because sweating may be an issue, especially when trying to sleep.

So we slept like babies till the next day. It was very refreshing 🙂

Aaand the next day we went to a beach, it was not connected to the Red Sea (I don’t know how was that), because we mistook it by chance, we took a cab and thought he was going to take us to the sea.

Anyway, negotation and not wanting to pay more than you have to was my real challenge when had to get out of the taxi – I got alive, so it’s ok. The guy was pissed off, but he was not playing fair.

We spent like 3 hours lying under the sun, just relaxing, drinking some fresh juices and swimming. Because the water was so salty, I had another achievement: I learnt how to swim! I could not drown in there, so I enjoyed it deeply.

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Back to Amar Sina we took lunch and went to hostel’s pool, and we spent there another 3 hours.

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We did not go to the pre-study tour because they cancelled it due to the country’s curfew with 7pm, (revolution stuff) nobody was allowed to leave the hostel and wander on the streets…. so we spent the night chilling there, near the pool. I got all than and red-ish, my skin was very warm, but it felt good.

The next day was Day 0 of the International Congress, containing some sessions and the Global Village. And our move to the actual hotel, but for that part, I will come back later:)

Have a great day ahead! Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Many many thanks:)

Hey, dears,

I know I haven’t been very active in the online environment lately, but I want to update you with what I managed to raise until now, as I promised I will do:)

I have got all the money I need, and for that I am really grateful to some wonderful people who helped me a lot and understood the situation I was in.

Thank you Tibulca George, Adi Bora, Cosmin Mitroi, Shirina Chaves 🙂

Also I would like to express a special gratitude to Cristi Boldișteanu, who was an unexpected friend in need, and I really appreciate that. >:D<

Thank you also Sorin Iordăchescu, Eugen Curea and Asiza Munereanțu:)

I feel rewarded for having people in my life who are beautiful and willing to support, and being humble in the same time, without making me feel uncomfortable. Thank you very much! Tomorrow I will post another special article to a company who also contributed:)

So the math is like this, I have money covering the following, besides what I previously wrote to you:

180 euro – round-way Cairo-Sharm el-Sheikh (it actually went from being 100 euro to 180…:( )

-40 euro pre-study tour

-22 euro 2 nights in the pre-stay and 33 euro post-stay, which is 55 euro

-15 dollars visa on the airport

50 euro – insurance in Egypt

-120 lei Timisoara – Bucharest – by train – round-way (fortunately I was left with some student coupons I haven’t used so it is cheaper this way)

And that’s it, I guess. There were a lot of changes made, we are not allowed to stay outside of Cairo’s airport because of safety issues, and they moved the study-tour directly in Sharm el-Sheikh. So I guess I will not visit the pyramids anymore, but I will enjoy one day of Tiran Island in the Red Sea. Sounds fine for me 😀

My flight is on this Tuesday and I am very excited about it, really. My dream is about to come true and I cannot be more happy for that, and also, remember, grateful for all the support I received:)

I am looking forward to post my first article from Egypt!

Have beautiful days,

Ianca

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And…. more updates :)

In the last message I was telling you that I was preparing to apply for the visa.
Well, on the 30th of June I went to the embassy and everything was just fine. They accepted my application and on the 14th of August I will get my visa.
As I told you the departure date is on the 15th of August.

Now I want to make a small report about all the money that I received and spent until now:

My contribution: 221 euros

Relatives & friends  contribution: 167 euros

Alumni contribution: 606 euros

Total: 994 euros

Expenses until now:

vaccines 100 euros

visa: 95 euros

flight ticket 541.18 euros

Total expenses: 736.18 euros

The only things that remain to cover are the health insurance and first month expenses. 

Thank you again to all of you that helped me! 🙂
Sanca

More updates :)

After paying for the vaccines, my expenses reduced to 1070 euros. In the last days with  help from  Alumni and some relatives I managed to reach 894 euros.

Thank you for your support! 🙂

Today I booked my flight (541,18 euros) , on the 15th of August I’ll be leaving and finally I’ve got the papers needed for visa.

Wish me luck with the visa! 😀

Sanca

Updates :)

Hello! 😀

As promised, more updates.
Since my last post my founds reached 817 euros from 1170 euros. I managed to do
the vaccines(100 euros). Still didn’t got the ticket, because I’m waiting for
my documents.
More than money I received  advice and information about India. Thank you Dorin Stratan, it willl be really helpful!

Thank you all for your help!

Sanca

Thank you, Meli! :)

Hey dears,

so I promised I will keep you updated – here I go! I want to say a big thank you to Melinda Csiki for helping me, and thus making the fundraising sum lower, reaching 500 euro! Big hugs for you, Meli, and also thank you for the pieces of advice you gave me from a former President perspective, it really opened some eyes:)

I am happy for another reason as well: I got a call today from another Alumni, Greta Oros, who offered to some AIESECers a kind of small job consisting of spreading flyers for a festival (TIFF – https://www.facebook.com/caravanatiff) and I volunteered, so this will also give me some little money for Egypt! 😀

Have great days ahead and be optimistic regarding your dreams, as I am:)

thank you Meli

No words

I don’t think there are words to express gratitude to those people who answered to my request. I don’t know if 100 thank you, or 1000 are enough.

Since I started this campaign, I learned so many things.
I learned that there is no shame in asking when you believe in your dream.I learned that things like doing this blog with Ianca, can bring such happiness. I found out about other people’s dreams and how they didn’t manage to fulfil them and this made me be even more assertive in accomplish mine.
I cried of  happiness when people offered their help. I’ve never knew that you can feel such joy when someone sais tu you: “I can help you.”

Thank you again!
My found reached 600 euros from 1170 euros! Soon I will book my flight!

Sanca