There's Something about Mary

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

Winter Wonderland

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We have a bit of a winter wonderland here in Moldova, but sadly I have to admit the snow has been around for about two weeks, and I am completely over it.  I want it to be warm again.

It all started during the first week of December, Riscani got about an inch, and when I went to Chisinau that same weekend they barely had enough to cover the ground.  That same weekend when I came home, Riscani had gotten about a foot in the 2 days I was away.  The temperature was at freezing or below all week also, so none of the snow went away, and last weekend while I was at my friends place in Balti (2nd largest city in Moldova, about 40 minutes away from me) we got more snow.  I didn’t think it was a problem until I was on my rutiera with about 20 Moldovans and we were not able to get on the highway because the police had closed the road and were blocking any traffic from going through.  So we turned around, I called my host mom to tell her I wasn’t coming home and then my friends to ask if I could stay another night.

The next day the roads weren’t much better and after talking with my host mom I figured out that no rutieras had arrived or taken off from my town all day, but since I was determined to get back, so with a lady I met at the bus station we took a taxi to the edge of town then hitchhiked to Riscani.  Luckily we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a nice man to pick us up, because I was getting a bit cold.

Now I am stranded in my town until the roads get cleaned.  I hope that is soon because this weather is ruining all my plans 😉

Here are some pictures from when it snowed last week:

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So if anyone is worried about having a white Christmas, come visit me in Moldova!

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 “Winter Wonderland

  1. Hope you have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year. We are thinking of you and maybe we can get together next Christmas when you could be home in Spokane. Love, Aunt Margaret and Uncle Ken PS: I read your blog all the time.


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