There's Something about Mary

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

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Winter in Riscani

About 2 weeks ago Riscani was hit with lots of snow.  At the time I was spending the weekend in Chisinau, so I had to stay an extra day since the buses were not running in Riscani.  I actually didn’t believe it was that bad until I arrived in town on Tuesday afternoon.  In Chisinau there was only 2-3 inches of snow, but in Riscani it was more like 2-3 feet.  Now, 2 weeks later, barely any has melted because it has been really cold.

My host dad has been working everyday to clear more and more of the snow.  He even cleaned off the roof to his garage/shop area.  Here are some recent pictures of the beautiful snow.




O zi Buna!


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5 things I miss about summer

It is almost the end of February and I am hoping that soon the weather will change and signs of Spring will be coming.  The sooner Spring comes, then the sooner it will be Summer!  Here are some things I miss about summer:

1) Reading outside, during the summer I read a lot, and I still do, but I have taken on several other activities to keep me occupied including knitting, cross-stitching and crocheting.  Yesterday I finished my first cross-stitch product.

2) Not having to bundle up in several layers every time I go outside.  I don’t seem to have a lot of long-sleeved shirts/sweaters, so I feel like I am wearing the same ones all the time.  By the end of next winter I will probably never want to wear any of them again.

3) Laundry drying quickly.  I don’t generally miss dryers in the U.S., the only part I miss about those is the little bit of shrink they give clothes and the warmness when clothes are fresh out of the dryer, but in the summer it takes 1 maybe 2 days max to dry clothes outside on the line.  During the winter it seems to take forever, closer to a week.  Luckily my host mom after a day or two brings them inside and places them next to the heaters to speed up the process.

4) Fresh fruits and vegetables.  Currently I think almost every volunteer is saying this, because in the winter Moldovans eat the food they have conserved.  So lots of pickled food, potatoes, beans and beets.  I actually like the beets, but sometimes the pickled food is just too much for me.  I have tried to buy tomatoes, but the quality is just not worth the price.  I will wait for the good stuff in a couple of months .

5) Not being asked daily about my shoe choice and if I am cold.  I love that my host family and work partner care enough to ask these questions, but my host family has done an excellent job at keeping my room warm, and my office is too warm, but things could be worse right?

Hopefully Spring comes soon….o zi buna!

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Birthday in Moldova

I recently celebrated my birthday in Moldova.  I didn’t really make a big deal about it, and surprisingly my work partner remembered and her and my other coworker bought me some perfume. The day itself was pretty normal.  I talked to my sister and had plans to Skype with my parents the next day.

On Sunday I celebrated with my host family.  My host mom did most of the cooking and I made a cake.  I didn’t take any pictures though.  This is the recipe I used. It was delicious, don’t be afraid of the beets, you honestly can’t taste them.

Also on Sunday, I became an aunt for the second time, my niece Shaela was born!!

O zi buna