In Service Training was in Sibiu, soon to be the cultural capitol of the European Union. What a wonderful city to have a conference . . . even though I was busy for most of the day I managed to venture out and ramble down the old streets. Much of the city is being renovated for the New Year celebrations.


The huge square full of museums, churches, clock towers and city council buildings






A closer look at the Evangelical Church


The wide and welcoming promenande


A bell in the church tower


We climbed the bell tower of the Evangelical Church and saw the city spread out below us surrounded by mountains




A Catholic Church just slightly off from the main square


Exploring the old lanes and alleys was a treat, here with my friend Jamie




The stairs leading up to the center from the old part of the city


You can see the clock tower in the background as well as another small square


We visited the market and I took more than a few snaps of the sellers and vegetables


This lady was arranging her bottles of pickles, zacusca, etc.






Another pathway up from the old streets to the central squares.


A house being restored


Looking out over the rows of streets and houses


Eric and I decided to take our counterparts to a Chinese restaurant. The food was too spicy for Ioana but I enjoyed having Chinese food for the first time in Romania


Anna fascinated by the chopsticks


Our final party in Sibiu with the volunteers throwing a Christmas sweater wearing contest


Two of my favorite volunteers, Jim and Lynne, here at an alley leading to a winery


The next series of pictures are from the village museum in Sibiu


It was a beautiful if somewhat haunted forest with almost no one else around


















Very similar to a church I saw in the village museum in Bucharest






Look closely . . . Maramures