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.
… or realities of riding a Rutiera in Moldova.
What is a rutiera?
Rutiera or mini-buses, are buses that seat between 16 and 20 people and are one of the primary ways to get around Moldova, within and between cities, villages, towns, ect. Often a rutiera may be your only way to get between places, but sometimes there may also be a bus or a train.
Rutieras in Chisinau
While these rutieras seat…
There are so many things that I have done and become somewhat of an expert on in the past year that really never existed in my pre-Peace Corps reality. One of those things is Fundraising. I have given numerous trainings on fundraising throughout Moldova, in English and in shaky Romanian. I have given these trainings for Moldovan youth, other Peace Corps Volunteers, NGO Directors, Peace Corps…
I wanted to share a Documentary from a few years ago, that was made by a former Peace Corps Volunteer who also served in Balti (where I live and work). The film is a little longer, but attempts to capture something deeper about life here than a short clip might.
“With the documentary Ca La Moldova, we tried to create a snapshot of life in the Republic of Moldova. Through candid photography and…
From Michael Chabon’s ‘Yiddish Policemen’s Union”:
"When they notice Landsman’s car, with its reek of plainclothesman hubris and its inflammatory double-S on the grille, they leave off yelling at one another and give Landsman the Bessarabian fish-eye. He is on their turf. He goes clean-shaven and does not tremble before God."
Bessarabian Fisheye - a neologism implying a long gaze expressing suspicion and disapproval.
There has never been a better term for the Moldovan stare.