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

Vacation pt2

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Sighișoara was our next stop.  We arrrived in the late afternoon and took a taxi from the train station to our hostel inside the citadel.  Sighișoara is considered to be one of the most well preserved inhabited citadels in Europe.   Jon and Abby had visited before so while Abby washed some clothes, Jon took Theron and I on a short walk around the area.  After the walk we decided to have some dinner at the hostel next door and watch the Euro Cup game that was playing.

The next morning we got up and parted ways, Abby and Jon wanted to search for some Geocaches and Theron and I went to explore the town.  All the watchtowers in Sighișoara were guarded by different guilds, and the main one in the center was guarded by all.  At the top of the main watchtower you can see all of Sighișoara, and it was a beautiful day to take pictures.  After the watchtower we walked to the outside of the citadel to find some lunch.  The first place we stopped wasn’t serving food so we sat on the terrace and had a drink.  There was a father and son also sitting on the terrace, and when they heard our English they wanted to know where we were from.  He also heard me spea some Romanian and complimented me on how well I was doing. (Nice, but really not true).  Him and his son were visiting from Canada, but he had spent part of his childhood in Romania.  After we left we met back up with Abby and Jon and walked down to the train station to catch our train to Bucharest.

We arrived in Bucharest around 10, and went straight to our hostel, which was also connected to a bar.  We all went to bed early because we had to leave at 6AM to catch our flight to Istanbul.  As we were leaving our hostel we all got a good laugh about the guy passed out at the bar.  He looked like he had had a good night 😉  We got to our hostel around in Istanbul around noon, checked-in and then had some lunch at the restaurant on the roof of the hostel.  It had an awesome view of the water.

After lunch we walked to the Aya Sophia (Hagia Sofia).  It was so pretty and interesting to see all the history inside the building.  It was also full of tourists.  Our next stop was the Blue Mosque, which is right across the courtyard from Aya Sophia.  The Blue Mosque is a working mosque, so men have to wear long pants to enter and women must cover their knees and shoulders.  Because I didn’t pack appropriate clothing I was given 2 blue smocks to cover myself while inside.  The inside was covered entirely with tiles.  I preferred the Aya Sophia to the Blue Mosque on the inside, also I was disappointed about how loud people were being inside, it didn’t seem really respectful to me.  We then went on a walk, saw a smaller version of the Aya Sophia, an old market and then ended up near the water, the Bosphorus Strait, where we ate fish sandwiches and then explored the Spice Bazaar.  While walking through the Spice Bazaar I found it funny listening to the shopkeepers trying to sell their products, they all had about the same lines they would use.  My favorite was “spend some money on your hunny,”  they were talking to Theron and we just laughed because I am not his “hunny” 😉  After exiting we went to find Abby and Jon, which was kind of difficult with the amount of people around the bazaar.  Abby had told Theron and I we were easy to spot with our bright clothing, that was the opposite for Abby and Jon because they blended in more.  We then went back to the hostel and had some baklava and tea before bed.

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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 “Vacation pt2

  1. sounds like you had a great time! Glad you got to go on an adventure with Theron 🙂

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