Merry belated Christmas to all my friends and family back home!
This year, like last, I spent my Christmas in Moldova. A couple of other volunteers who live about 40 minutes away in the 2nd largest city in Moldova hosted. They call their apartment “The Lodge” which is a very fitting name, there are some deer antlers when you walk in, as well as a lot of dark wood and wall paper. It is also a great place for hosting people, and even has 2 ovens!
I decided to come down on Christmas Eve. The day before I spent my evening making red velvet whoopie pies to share with everyone, and then when I got to Balti I was asked to also make some molasses cookies for a pie crust, chocolate chip cookies and also cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning breakfast. So I got started baking right away. We drank some mulled wine, apple cider and ate some salami and cheese. And around 7:30 a few of us left to go to the catholic church for Christmas Mass. It was mostly in Russian so I didn’t understand much. After church we stopped and went sledding down the big hill in town and then made our way back to my friends place.
On Christmas morning we got up had some mimosas, cinnamon rolls and an egg and sausage casserole. It was all delicious. Later in the afternoon we did a Yankee swap gift exchange. There wasn’t a lot of stealing of gifts, but I ended up with 3 boxes of Jello pudding…yum! For dinner we had pulled pork sandwiches, scalloped potatoes, baked beans and coleslaw. Throughout the day all the volunteers would disappear at one point or another to go Skype with their families.
It was a great day spent with some great people, and next year I get to be home in Washington for Christmas!!
O zi buna!