There's Something about Mary

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

Is it really October already?

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My dad emailed me to remind me the other day that I haven’t updated my blog in awhile.

Well, I am sad to say that summer is finally over.  On September 26th, I started my third and final phase of training, there was a few cold days, but for the most part the weather was amazing.  I left the capital on October 8, deciding not to go to wine fest and stay an extra day.  Now looking back, I am glad I did.  When I arrived back in Rîșcani, it was kind of chilly, and my host mom was waiting at the end of the road for me.  We got inside and it was pleasantly warm since she had already started the soba.  The following day it rained all day, I never left my pajamas or my house.  I heard from several other volunteers who left on Sunday and said they got soaked on the way to the bus station, and continued that way all the way home.  Since then it has been very fall like and raining off and on.  Luckily today, it only rained in the morning (before I woke up), and the afternoon cleared up.  I decided to go for a walk.  I first headed to the piața, and bought some apples, so  can make these, then I decided to explore.  I walked through a park and found an old ferris wheel, that still turns when the wind is strong enough and since I was almost at the edge of town I decided to go to the entrance.   Here are some pictures.





My host mom has recently started an agrotourism business and the cassia mica that I live in is equipped to sleep up to 7 people.  In August and part of September I had two girls living with me from Germany, I’ll post about that another day.  And this week, and for the next 2 or 3 weeks I will have 3 guys from Chisinau living with me.  They work for the Ministry of Finance and are up working in Rîșcani for a couple of weeks, not entirely sure why.  The other night they asked if I wanted to have a beer with them.  It turned into me drinking with them till almost 3 am….oops.

O zi 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!

One thought on “Is it really October already?

  1. I love love love love this! Especially the picture with only two beers and then the pictures with 16. Awesome! 🙂 And your photos of the old ferris wheel are awesome as well! Miss you!

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