It has been a tiring but very satisfying day.
It began with the discovery that the shower in the hostel where we are staying
next door to the pensioners’ home - that
this shower does not work satisfactorily unless one wishes to have a cold
shower! So I boiled the kettle for what Phil would call “a cat’s lick”. This
was followed by breakfast with the girls next door. That was fun but sad – Flori explained the ongoing problems with her dialysis and
the possibility (due to resulting calcium deficiency we believe) that she could
end up unable to walk and the medication that could help is not available in
After church we went to MacDonalds
for lunch and that to me was an eye-opener. Our lunch cost us about £10. Not
that long ago we could have got the identical lunch at Mac Donalds
for half the price – even less as I reckon it was only £2 and that would make
it £4 for the two. Costs are rising fast in
The theme on the rising cost of living etc continued in our next visit which was to Nicu’s Girls. Phil and I were so proud of ourselves because between our memory and the map we navigated ourselves there. We had a lovely time with the girls – they all wanted to visit at Cefa, but we explained we could not fit them all in the car. They explained how tough it is to survive financially with Aghi earning only 4 million (or 400 new lei) a month which I think is about £75 a month which seems impossibly low. The others earn around 500 new lei (or 5 million as they say) but that too is very small. Each explained they must pay several million for utilities and then of course there is food. I believe Nicu Gal from People to People continues to subsidise or even fully pay their rent as there is no way they could pay 250 euros (or 1000 new lei or 10 million) a month rent between the six of them.
Maria was delighted with the skate board we produced (the one she was given – while in Jersey a few years ago - was lost when the box we packed it in was given to someone else in error). It is her birthday on Tuesday and she very much wanted us to return then.
After that we spent the evening with Geo and Simona. The solemn discussions continued to some extent as
they have recently lost a brother (TB) and nephew (accident). TB is still a big