As some of you may know – the people who also follow me on Instagram probably will – I’ve been in Romania for 10 days. To renovate a house for children without a home and to shoot a documentary about their lives to help raise money for a better future. As you can imagine, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. You laugh, you cry, you feel down, on top of the world… and all of that in just 10 days. It’s so interesting to get a true insight into lives that are so different from yours, yet they are only 2 hours away by plane. Trust me, it’s all about the simple things in life, going back to the base and the essence.
I flew – with an amazing team – to Debrecen, an airport in Hungary and from there we crossed the border to Romania with two small vans. From the airport it took us a little over an hour to get to Saniob. That’s the name of the village where the children live. We stayed in the same house as the children and when we would have a little free time we would be doing everything together with them. From walking the children to school to eating together, dancing together and trying to have a real conversation. Besides being there for the children there was a lot of work to be done. The house really had to be renovated because it was looking pretty bad. Cracks in the walls, water stains on the ceiling and several other things had to be fixed. Besides that, me and some other filmers took care of a documentary that – I already know – will be such a beautiful insight into their lives. We really took our time to get to the bottom with interviews and the shots are so interesting and important for the world to see. I can’t wait till it’s finished!
It’s pretty heart-heavy work, that’s for sure. You are literally forced into a situation you can’t easily rebuild or change up. As much as you want to, you’ve got to accept that nothing changes overnight. Although, I have to say that when I was walking down the streets in Saniob, and I saw the houses like that it never really bothered me. Because somehow it just fitted, it made sense. The whole environment, vibe, atmosphere… And I guess the most important reason that it didn’t bother me to walk around in a place like that, was because the people (locals) around me didn’t seem to bother as well. You just kind of accept it and make the best of it like everybody else does. Another interesting thing in the village was the local supermarket. You never knew what they were gonna have and if it was fresh enough to eat.
These 10 days were such an amazing opportunity to give something back to the people that had a really rough start in life. Besides that it was also really good to get to know yourself in situations like that. You learn to deal with the poverty around you, to stay fit and positive, to open up to people you barely know and to deal with the heavy stories you hear from the innocent children. It’s absolutely normal to shed a tear before you go to bed.
Besides all the hard work, I was lucky enough to be a part of an amazing team I had such a wonderful click with. So whenever there was an opportunity to laugh or do something to put your mind to rest we would do that. I took this last picture while on a hike to the local vineyard on a hill close to the village. I guess that the butterfly shows that no matter where you come from and no matter who you are, you can always spread your wings and be your own kind of beautiful.
I hope this post was inspiring and interesting to read. Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and be kind to one another!