There's Something about Mary

Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

I <3 Moldovans!


Today some of my group and the group in the town next to us, Cricova, met and had a picnic in the middle of a field between our villages. It was a gorgeous day and the trail was great, several cows were seen along the way. One of the great things about Moldova in the Spring and Summer is the availablity of fresh produce. We have already gone through cherry and strawberry season sadly, But we still can get all sorts of other fruit. On our walk back we found a plume tree, and jumped up to get a couple to eat on our walk home. A nice Moldovan family saw us and invited us into their yard/garden to pick more. The mother even went as far as to get plastic bags to put out fruit in. When we were done picking, she invited us to stay for some wine (homemade of course) and placinta (a fried/baked bread that is filled with potatoes, cabbage, goat cheese or some combination of those). We sat with her family and had some placinta and a couple shots of wine before leaving to continue our walk home. She invited us back any time, even as far out as autumn to help make the wine. The hospitality of people amazes me, you would never get that from complete strangers in the US. It was an enjoyable day, and tomorrow I go and visit my new host family and permanent site. Wish me luck!


Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

4 thoughts on “I <3 Moldovans!

  1. free stuff from strangers? that is totally unheard of, you’re right 🙂 I’m excited for you to visit your perm site, take pictures!

  2. Love your adventures. Need more pictures.

  3. You’re going to be so spoiled by the time you come back to the US. Oh, that’s right, you already are. Waiting to hear about your permanent host family. Love, Mom.

  4. Well, that seems to be common for all villages in the world) I don’t think that you will get the same attention in “big” cities as Chisinau, where ppl are not so hospitable. In the same time, I remember in US there were plenty of the same, kind ppl doing for us (students at that time) different amazing things, like helping to rent apartment, giving bycicles for free and a lot of different stuff. Hope you enjoy your Moldavian experience)

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