There's Something about Mary

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

With your wet hair, you can’t go outside.

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Last night while eating dinner with my host mom, I commented on how I needed to take a shower and wash my hair (it had been a few days).  Then she told me that when she had gotten up on Monday morning there was snow on the ground, so she turned off the hot water heater so I couldn’t take a shower, because she didn’t want me to go outside with my wet hair.  (I don’t like to blow dry my hair, and my host mom thinks that going outside with wet hair will make me sick).  I then told her that going outside with wet hair will not make me sick, and her response was that she had asked her hair dresser and the hair dresser had said yes, it will make you sick.  At that point I just smiled to myself and didn’t argue with her, because it would have been a lost cause, let alone the fact taht I wasn’t planning on showering Monday morning, I was more interested in sleeping.

Moldovans are afraid of the cold, and the wind.  On hot summer days people will refuse to open the windows on a hot bus because the “curent” (i.e air flow, wind) might get them. Some people say that the air flow causes evil spirits to enter.  I had a cold a couple weeks ago and the lady in my office asked me if it was because the window was open and I sit next to it.  No, I responded.  I get a cold like this every year, it is normal.  And my favorite are the little kids who have so many layers on they can’t bend their arms or legs.  In the summer, if it gets a little cloudy, they are bundled up in several layers of pants and sweatshirts.

In my town I am sure people wonder and talk about me, like why I don’t wear boots during the winter, my flats for them are considered “summer shoes”  For now I will just be that strange American 😉

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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