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

Half Birthday

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The other night my host mom and I were talking about her birthday that is coming up (November 27).  She will be 61.  In Moldova, there are traditions that are different from the US.  The main one being is that the person whose birthday it is does all the work, buys the food, prepares it and then is a fabulous host once the meal is served.  And one of the many things I have found out about my host mother since living with her for almost 4 months, is that she loves to host.  She then told me that she didn’t like that her birthday was in November.

Our conversation then continued with me asking her “de ce?” (why), and she explained to me because of the fresh products that aren’t available, and how we have to celebrate inside.  My suggestion to her was that she should have another celebration on her half-birthday, May 27.  She seemed rather intrigued by the idea.

For now, I know we wil be celebrating on November 27, and we’ll see how she feels come May about celebrating again.

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!

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