ALEXANDRA (15, GÁDOROS)
Alexandra's dream was to travel to the sea.
When I have asked what she wished to do there she has answered me modestly that to swim, to see the wildlife of the sea and if it is possible to see the countryside too.
When I have called her and her mom that we are planning to travel to Terramolinos in Spain, where we can grant the wish of Adam, one of her fellow patient's wish - to ride on the places where the Bud Spencer westerns were filmed - and Anna will also come, she agreed to join us with great pleasure.
I met the excited children and mums at the Budapest airport, and as our plane was delayed almost 4 hours because of foul weather, we had time to make acquintances. We arrived to the hotel very late that night.
In the morning Alexandra was very happy to see the fantastic blue sea from the balcony. She was smiling in the sunshine and even at the breakfast table; her good mood was steady during the whole trip.
Alexandra collected sea shells and stones, swimmed a lot in the sea and in the hotel's swimming pools. She prefered the pool on the roof because the sea could be seen from there, but her biggest favorite was the beach where she spent hours every day.
It was fantastic to see that the children felt themselves very well and knowing that their friendship will be kept for life. After the long days and lots of experiences, by dinner time they were very tired, but they were not tired enough not to taste in many rounds the local specialities at the reastaurant.
As Alexandra were interested also in the local wildlife and culture, she joined Anna and came with us gladly to the botanic gardens and of course to a very special place: a croocodile farm. Alexandra held in her arms a small (?), two years old crocodile. (I would have never done this, not even to touch such a beast...)
The other highlight of the trip was the visit to Ronda where we were walking the historical places of the city. We were in wonderful parks, we met very kind people and we have seen the old amphitheatre with a bull sculpture. Finally we had a short rest at the Palacio del Rey Moro, the arabic emperor's beautiful garden.
After our late flight home, Alexandra and her mom could spent the night in Budapest, as guests of ArtOtel, long time supporter of our mission.
As soon as she arrived home, Alexandra sent us a letter:
"I would like to thank the Magic Lamp Foundation for making my dream true and I could travel to Spain to the seaside. We have done and seen lots of interesting things like our visit to Ronda or the walks in Malaga. Besides the fantastic excursion I got two wondeful new friends, we talked a lot to each other and laughed a lot.
It is hard to find words of thanks to Éva as through her I could learn a lot about Spanish culture, and how the people lives there. And of course I thank the fun experiences to the others in the group, without them it would not have been the same."
I believe that we do not need nicer thanks, than these lines....
Torremolinos, September 4, 2018
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