There's Something about Mary

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


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I like to go on walks and explore my town.  Tonight, after I was done eating my host mom came in and asked if I wanted to walk to the magazine (convenience store) with her.  I was reading a book, and only had about 20 pages left, so I asked if she could wait till I was done.  She agreed, I finished my book and off we went.

Now, I wasn’t sure where we were going, we have a magazine about 2 blocks from our house, but I don’t think my host mom has ever went inside that one, and when I followed her out of our gate, she went in the opposite direction that I was expecting.  We walked for about 10 minutes probably and ended up at this tiny store out by a corn field that I would have never guessed was a magazine. It had a seating area outside where men were drinking beer and we sat inside and talked to the clerk.  Or my host mom talked to her, they were mostly speaking in Russian.

Not sure how long they talked, but my host mom never actually bought anything, I don’t think she even brought money with her, but I was given an ice cream bar (I kind of felt like a little kid) and on our way to leave my host mom insisted I take a liter of water with me.  We then walked home.  My host mom informed me though that we will be going back because the buckwheat (which I love) is mai ieftine (cheaper) then at other stores.

Oh, and I am excited for Wednesday, it is my towns hram (village birthday), I get the day off work, there is a concert and lots of food!

Noapte buna!


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!

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  1. Happy hram-ing from your friend in B-ham! Can’t wait to hear all about this! xoxoxoxo

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