I really need to learn to be prepared and also should probably invest in an umbrella…..
Today after Romanian class I decided to go to Chisinau, use the internet, relax a bit and maybe stop by Nr1 (a huge grocery store) to see what they had. I went to the Peace Corps office, wasted about an hour and a half, then started waslking towards Nr1. I walked all around the store, bought some wafer cookies, grabbed my backpack from the locker (the big grocery stores won’t allow you to take big bags in, so you store them in lockers and pick them up on your way out) was about to head out the door when I looked up and saw the downpour of rain.
Rain normally doesn’t bother me, I lived for 4+ years on the western side of Washington where it was common to rain every few days. Let me say though, Moldovan rain is different. It pours, it is miserable, and most times it seems to rain all day, instead of just for a couple hours like in Western Washington.
I didn’t bringa coat either, I had on some khaki shorts and a tank top, thankfully not white ;). I put my backpack in the locker once more and made a loop around the store, then even though it was still coming down pretty steady, I decided to brave it anyway, and get back to the bus to go home. Luckily I had on my chacos because it made going through the rivers in the road much easier. Now I am home and dry….luckily I don’t melt when it rains.
Btw…ploua is the verb for rain in Romanian.
Also, next Friday, August 5, I swear in as an official volunteer!