Final Thank you and Goodbye

It is my final night in Romania. Hence the blast of blog posts thanking so many people here who made this year the best experience of my life.

I can’t stop blogging until I thank each and every one of you who made it possible for me to be here. Your support, random emails, letters, post cards, gifts, journals, and comments made me feel so encouraged and I can honestly say I never felt lonely here.  A couple of times I would think I was crazy for moving away from such great family and friends that I have in LA, but its because you all are so great, that I know our relationship withstands time and distance. Cheesy, but oh so true,

Thank you for supporting me this entire year, but most importantly believing in what I was doing, and supporting the kids and their camp.  It was an amazing week that I really didn’t think was going to be possible, but because of you, it was.

Continue to email me, continue to write to me, I never get sick of updates from California. It was always be my hometown and I will always love it and miss it.

On to the next adventure…. London 2013/2014!


PS to the people who read my blog around the world, that is so cool! You dont know how cool you made me feel! Over 10,000 views because people think what I am writing is somewhat decent. Thank you! IMG_0006IMG_0007


As much as I didnt want to say final goodbyes to everyone else, this lady right here was the one I was looking forward to the least.

This is for you Aida, and normally I would send it to you in a message, but you and everyone else in the world needs to know how amazing you are and how much I appreciate your friendship!


Since day 1, okay well maybe since last year, you know how I felt about you in 2011 HA! you have been nothing, NOTHING, short of a sister to me. From little things like telling me how ugly and dirty my shoes are, to big things like giving me life advice, and being the one person I told every single thing this year.  You are wise beyond your years, its kind of ridiculous how seriously I take your advice, but I swear you really in your mid twenties.

When I needed to feel like I was in America again, you were the one to stay up with me all night watching the new Katy Perry movie, discussing the Kardashians and singing along to youtube covers all night long.

It was you who was always there to encourage me, listen to me, tell me when I was wrong, and to comfort me those days I was a hot mess. I have told you over and over again how much I appreciate your friendship this year, I seriously SERIOUSLY don’t know what I would have done without you.  I would still be wearing flared jeans and tank tops everyday? I wouldnt have got to sing and dance to all the Romanian greatest hits?  I wouldnt have fallen in love with KFC and most importantly, I wouldnt have been able to annoy you with playing the new Miley Cyrus/Blurred Lines song every 2 seconds.

I could write how great you are for hours and hours and hours, but I refuse to accept that this is a final goodbye to us and our friendship.  It is just the beginning girlfriendddd. Give me another 5 years and I can complete my goal of making you be on time to one event, just one time.   I now forgive you for all the ‘eye’ pictures you have taken on my camera, dare I say, I will miss them? No, probably not, but still….

And to mama and papa Aida, thank you for adopting me and treating me like your own daughter. Thank you for trusting me with her, and for all your advice and help.  Your love and encouragement was enough for me to get through this year.

Aida, fata, fatoooo, mi rackyyyyy, te iubesc! I will be seeing you real soon chica. You are much much more to me than a best friend, you truly are a sister to me, I couldnt love anyone in the whole world more than I love you. xoxo

(If I know you as well I think I do, you will be writing me shortly to say thanks, but also to yell at me for posting pictures you probably ont approve of up on my blog. sorry in advance. #sorryimnotsorry #theyrestayin)


Had to start with our boys- the Dadasss!



Rebecca and Maria

Rebecca and Maria

Uh oh, I just spend the last 30 minutes uploading random pictures onto my blog so I wouldn’t have to sit here and type my goodbyes and thank you’s to Rebecca and Maria.

I made such great friends here, but there is nothing like having someone to truly relate to the differences between living in Bucharest and southern California. Rebecca and I teamed up to launch, plan, and prepare Club Ricochet. We were discouraged at times, and tired, but together we rallied and got it done.

There is not enough words in the English (or Romanian) language to describe how great Rebecca is! Like I said, both coming from southern California, we were able to miss Mexican food together, laugh at some ridiculous cultural differences together, but mostly relate and vent to each other. She was ALWAYS, up for listening to me, helping me, and doing whatever she could to make me feel at home here.

Rebecca is in the process of adopting 13 year old, Maria. For some strange reaosn that none of us can explain, Maria has been borderline obsessed with me since I have moved here. We can barely communicate, but who needs to when Maria is constantly hugging you? She does know how to say youre welcome and I love you in English. It was when she randomly told me she loved me today, that the waterworks started.
The hardest goodbye was with Maria. Its hard for her to understand and wrap her head around the fact that in the next 12 hours Romania will not be my home anymore. I will miss Maria, Rebecca, their company, our walks in the park, our long talks, but mostly, Marias hugs. Coming from an English person who hates any sort of affection at all, that means a lot!

So, as I sit here, 2 hours after saying bye to Rebecca and Maria. I have to tell them again, how thankful I am for both of them… but mostly, how hard it is going for me to not be able to see them whenever I want to, or get hugs from Maria every 2 seconds!
Te iubesc Mariaaaa xoxoxo