Last day at the sea and some disturbing news.

Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 30, 2010

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Varna,
Friday, August 27, 2010

The wind kept away today so the kids were able to fully enjoy the water without fear of inadvertantly being swept to Georgia. Despite the scorching weather the English team still stand out on the beach; those tans can be so elusive...

Last night we had a bit of a disco at the hotel; the kids immediately invaded the dance floor and we weren't given the option to not join them. The Roma kids in particular have their own distinctive dance styles and it is amazing how they move with the rythyms, even the 6 year olds that we have with us this year. Needless to say our efforts to emulate them were embarassingly amusing but we had a lot of fun and the children we really excited and joyful  to see us joining in with their clebrations. Thankfully there's no photographic evidence for any of this. I hope.

Yesterday we also said goodbye to the inimitable Mr Big. Pete Cole has once again been an integral part of the team this year and the last day wasn't the same without him. His jugging and story-telling skills went down a storm with the kids yet again and his wisdom and sense of humour were real assets to the team. Thanks Pete.

Today we told the children all about Jesus's courage when He died on the cross. Although the official religion here is the Orthodox Church most Roma have never been into a church as they are not made welcome at all. Many Turkish Roma are nominally Muslim of course. Neither does the Orthodox Church like to talk about Jesus so this was a chance for the children to hear something that most of us take for granted.

After dinner we had our now traditional treasure hunt. Five minutes of chaos and frantic checking of every bush, hole and pocket in the vicinity for sweets and goodies of all kinds. There are a few sad faces as the realisation sinks in that SC 2010 is nearly over and that's just the YT.

There may be a sad twist to our tale this year. We have recieved reprots that the Roma community in Botevgrad where many of the children who are with us come form has been pulled down today. Even though this is a rotten, stinking place to live and and dangerous for the children, especially the girls, this is still thier families homes' and we worry about what the children will go through when we say goodbye tomorrow at the bus station.

Mimi and Rich will try to investigate over the weekend. If you are a believer in the power of pray then please pray for these children.

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