I have realized something really important living abroad in a country where the majority of people do not speak English (at least not well enough to communicate everything) – how essential communication is to, well everything. I understood before, during misunderstanding with friends and others, the importance of effective communication, but here I am talking about basic communication.
The city entrance from the north.
The central biserica or church, in Cathedral Park.
The photos above are of Chisinau, Moldova at night. Chisinau has a pretty vibrant nightlife and was rated by Business Insider as one of the 25 Places to Party Before You Die. These pictures were sent to me by a Moldovan friend.
This past weekend was WineFest of Ziua de Vinuri. This holiday is celebrated all over Moldova in almost every raion center and city. The largest of these celebrations is by far Chisinau’s. The entire center part of the city is closed down and every major winery (and even most of the smaller scale commercial productions) set up booths and promote their wares.
I was excited to attend this year,…
When I first learned I would complete my Peace Corps service in Moldova, I started looking for information about the country – I’d never heard of it before. One of the biggest questions I had, was what was the spoken language, or what language was I about to try to learn? Most of the sites I found listed Romanian and Russian as the primarily spoken languages in Moldova. Since there were more…
If you’ve been reading my blog over the past year plus, you’ve heard me mention my site mates (other Peace Corps Volunteers who also live in Balti), David and Matt. You’ve probably also read about some of the food booths I volunteered with them on. Over the last year I worked with them on four booths, from Gustar, to Pumpkin Festival, to Winter Carnival, and Hram. In just over two weeks, I will…
Romanian sarmale cooked inside a pumpkin
Sarmale (sar-moll-ayy) is a typical Moldovan dish, that also appears in many other parts of the world in slightly different varieties. Sarmale and similar dishes are common in countries of the former Ottoman Empire, from the Middle East, to the Balkans and central Europe. Below is a round-up of some countries where Sarmale is a common traditional dish.
The meal. (Not pictured: Summer Tort.)
There is a constant challenge as a Peace Corps Volunteer to keep your diet varied and cheap. In the summer this challenge is a LOT easier, since fruits and vegetables are available and inexpensive. In the winter this is much harder. I find this most challenging when I am cooking for a larger group of people, because I have to prepare multiple dishes and…
Good Morning Chisinau.
Buna dimineața, Chisinau.
доброе утро, Кишинев
A beautiful day in Chisinau.
Sunset in Chisinau.
Good night, Chisinau.
noapte buna, Chișinău
The photos in this collection are of sunrises and sunsets over Chisinau, which is the capital of Moldova. These pictures were sent to me by a Moldovan friend.
Tomorrow afternoon at this time, I will have just welcomed my mom to Moldova! That means that all the members of my immediate family will have, after her visit, gotten to experience at least some of what my life here is like.
For those you who haven’t been able to make it out here yet, here is a beautiful video about Moldova.