I went for two weeks as a research assistant to Transyvlania in Romania. I was excited before I left and knew it would be a great trip but the reality of the expedition greatly surpassed my expectations.
The pristine landscape, the massive diversity of plants and animals and the group of fellow students and staff all contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable two weeks. I particularly enjoyed seeing the unspoiled landscape. The Târnava Mare region is one of the last pockets of Europe that exists as it did during Medieval times. I found it fascinating to see the hay meadows full of flowers, the simple farming methods and the way of life of the people who live in the region. It was truly like a time warp.
I will share one anecdote to show the staff at Operation Wallacea's competence and concern. I stupidly got the dates wrong for my flight and ended up arriving a day after everyone else. This was dealt with excellently - I wasn't made to feel bad or as though I was putting anyone out. Someone was sent to collect me from the airport and drive me to the camp. I was so grateful and impressed by the staff and their concern that everyone was safe and enjoying themselves. They are a professional, knowledgeable, friendly group - I cannot commend them highly enough.