This week, team nine had the honor of viewing a private performance of traditional Romanian dance. The father of one of the Romanian soldiers we teach conversational English to organized the dance. After seeing that we were curious to learn more about traditional Romanian culture, the soldier invited us to come view a performance by his father’s dance class. The young dancers wore beautiful traditional Romanian clothing that was specific for their area (we learned that each area in Romania is represented by a slightly different design) and performed a variety of traditional dances that were fun and beautiful to watch.
After arriving at the dance studio, we were greeted by a surprise visit from the mayor, an artist who paints beautiful religious pictures for the local church, and a talented wood carver who showed us many examples of his work. At the end of the dance performance we spoke with the wood carver and church artist about their work. We were then presented a basket full of locally made goods from the mayor. As a team, we were all honored and surprised at the gesture and thanked everyone at the event for their warm welcome.
Later on in the week, we were able to attend a live-fire training event put on by the 33rd Mountain Battalion. During this event a first lieutenant described the process of forming a Romanian OPORD, planning a mission, and detecting enemy attack. It was fascinating to see how other armies operate and to be able to detect similar elements. All of the cadets enjoyed seeing the Romanian Army in action as they performed battle drills with their tanks.