There's Something about Mary

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

Laundry Time


This past weekend, I decided it was time to do some laundry, because well, all my clothes were dirty.  On Friday I told Mama Gazda that I wanted to do some laundry on Saturday, She told me that she was going to Chisinau on Saturday, but she would help me on Sunday.  I didn’t think I really needed help, I figured I could figure out the washing machine, even though all the instructions are in Russian, but then she told me they only really use that machine in the winter, so I took her up on her offer for Sunday.

Saturday, I did absolutely nothing, which was nice because all I wanted to do was finish the book I was reading. And I did.  It was also nice having the day to myself, because I wasn’t asked constantly if I was hungry, or if I wanted food. Mama Gazda is really nice, but she likes to feed me a lot.

Sunday came around and I slept in till about 10, both my host parents had gone to the market, so while I waited I cleaned my room up a bit and got everything ready.  One of the many things I have had to learn while in Moldova is that people do things differently.  When my host mom came home and began getting everything ready, one of the things she was doing was filling a bucket with hot water.  My task then became to explain to her that I like to wash my clothes in cold water. Conversations like this are always difficult because of the language barrier, and because you can’t really change their minds, they have done it a certain way for years, and don’t really want to change.  We finally compromised at a luke warm temperature instead of hot.  Part of her reason I think for giving in was because I was going to be doing it, and they were my clothes, not hers.  She then showed me how to use their old, outdoor washing machine.  It does all the agitating for you, you just add the soap and water, and when it is done, you rinse the soap in a bucket, then hang to dry.

I got the hang of it, and did my two loads (it is really small) of laundry, then hung them to dry.  After my clothes were done drying I ironed, folded and put them all away.  And now I will know how to use the machine for next time.



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!

3 thoughts on “Laundry Time

  1. hehe yay! you figured it out 🙂 now maybe you’ll be allowed to do them on your own. were you able to get all the soap out well with the warm wash? I guess with line drying and hand rinsing, that’s the only thing I’d worry about. Looks like the weather is still great there though!

  2. What book were you reading, lovely girl? I love the outdoor washing machine…. so funny! 🙂 Makes me smile!

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