There's Something about Mary

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


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Lately, my life seems to be going by really quickly.  In less than 4 short months I will be an RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer) and on my way to meet my good friend in SE Asia for a trip before traveling back to the US. 

Here is a little bit of what I have been up to lately:

  • Daylight savings- It happened in the US almost 2 weeks ago, but Europe doesn’t switch it clocks until the 31st of March, and since I like my laptop to be on West coast time, I have been realyl confused for couple weeks.  Luckily this confusion will end soon.
  • Eye problems-Last week my contact was giving my some problems, so I switched to my awesome Happy Potter-ish glasses.   I am not entirely sure what the issue is, but I am still wearing the glasses, and today when I talked with the doctor at PC they instructed me to keep wearing them and gave me some eye drops that will hopefully help.  Also she said no mascarea.  😦
  • Consolidation – Tuesday we had a practice consolidation point test.  My consolidation point is in Balti, so not far, but also not fun to have to go to after a 6:15 AM wake-up call.  The consolidation point is used incase there is some sort of emergency in the country, our safety and security officer will contact the staff, then the staff member contacts a designated volunteer (warden) and then the warden contacts the volunteers on his/her list.  Hopefully we won’t ever need a real consolidation!
  • Work- I am currently closing up my project that I won last year, which pretty much just means a lot of paperwork to fill out.  And I am also handing off leadership positions that I held for committees within PC to the M27s to take over for next year. 
  • Vacation – Tonight I leave for vacation.  I am starting in Romania to visit 2 PCV friends I have there and then going to Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia for 2 weeks.  Also I found out yesterday that the day I get back, my host mom leaves for a 3 week trip to Ukraine, so I won’t get to see her for most all of April.  It will be weird not to have her around.  😦

And lastly Go Zags!!  Good luck in the NCAA tournament!


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 “Lately

  1. The Zags won! We were keeping track at work today! OK… everyone else was keeping track and I heard about it… that is how it really went down! I hope you have an awesome vacation! Miss you!

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