Last week, I had two days of trainings and one day of meetings in Chisinau. Instead of commuting up and back from Balti each day, I stayed with a friend in a village about 35 minutes outside Chisinau. The first night there we got to enjoy some great weather and a short walk around, unfortunately it rained the other nights, which lead to me having quite muddy shoes and pants at the end of my visit.
Sunlight shining on the entrance from the north to the city of Chisinau.
A beautiful day on the road into Chisinau.
The center of the city of Chisinau.
Bids-eye view of Chisinau.
Traditional dress and dancers in the center of Chisinau.
A street in Chisinau.
Apartment blocs in Chisinau.
A park in Chisinau
Easter or poste in Chisinau.
Good night, Chisinau.
Chisinau, is the…
One of the coolest programs I have learned about in Moldova is the FLEX program. FLEX or Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program, is a US State Department-sponsored scholarship program for high school students from the countries of the former Soviet Union.
In my time in Moldova I have met a few former FLEX students and have really enjoyed interacting with them about their time in America. In…
Spring has come to Moldova finally! While it’s not quite warm enough to put away the winter coat, the sun is out and its at least not bitterly cold anymore.
Yesterday, Saturday, was one of the first warm days here which was excellent because Balti had some visitors! Three other Peace Corps volunteers came into town to visit and explore the city. We showed them the center of town, took them to one…
I have now been in Moldova for exactly ten months, as of today, and have been at site (Balti) for eight months. During this time I have worked on quite a few projects, but one of the largest and most successful so far has been a project titled, Salut Balti. I’ve mentioned this project a little bit previously in my blog, but there’s a been a lot happening recently relating to it, so I will use…
A lot of my posts lately have been more general in nature, about my life here, about my impressions of Moldova, but this one is about my past week.
Having a birthday away from home, away from your family, favorite foods, normal habits can be stressful or with a little creativity a birthday in Moldova can be a unique and once in a lifetime experience. For my birthday here, I had a small…
Working from my kitchen, one snowy afternoon
In my apartment here we have a small kitchen. It can comfortably hold four people, if three are seated in the booth. The floor is this thick plastic, almost like wall paper and its coming up a little by the door. The walls have this wallpaper of what you might term country kitchen and the words on the wallpaper they’re all in english.
In the kitchen…
This month has been filled with holidays – it started with Valentine’s Day, Dragobette and Martisor and has continued with the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th and a late celebration of the Chinese New Year.
International Women’s Day:
Women’s Day is an international holiday celebrated every year on March 8th. This holiday is a big deal in Moldova and is the equivalent of…
A young student singing during a pause in the contest.
Valentine’s Day and Dragobete
In Moldova, almost every holiday is celebrate twice – from first (Western) Christmas and second (Orthodox) Christmas, to the two New Years celebrations and this tradition extends to Valentine’s Day as well.
In Moldova, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th, in similar ways to its celebration in the US –…
- Dressing up to go to the store, to class, to walk around the town.
The girls here really are gorgeous and dress beautifully.
Moldovan, especially Moldovans living in cities, love dressing up. A nice dress, full makeup, hair done and some heels are perfect attire for a casual walk. In fact more than being perfectly normal attire for a walk, they’re almost culturally encouraged. The word ‘frumos’…