There's Something about Mary

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

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Close of Service

Today I officially became a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV).  To commemorate closing your service, PCVs in Moldova ring the bell outside the building, and today was finally my turn.  The last 2 years have gone by incredibly fast, but I am excited to see where my life will take me now.  I have met some amazing people, both other PCVs and locals in the community.  The locals will always hold a special place in my heart and as I told my host mom the other day as I was leaving Riscani, she will always be my 2nd mom.  I am a part of their family now, and that means the world to me.

Good luck to all my fellow COSing volunteers and also to the volunteers who are continuing their service.  It has been a pleasure getting to know each and everyone of you and working along side you.

To my family and friends in the US, I am thrilled to be able to catch up with you all again soon.  Next stop Bangkok!

O zi buna!  It has real Moldova!


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Sunflower Season

One of my favorite parts about being in Moldova is how beautiful the countryside is.  Moldova had lots of rain the first 2 weeks of June and it has made everything very green and wonderful to look at while taking buses from my site to Chisinau.  This past week I was also able to see the start of sunflower season, where in some instances you can see sunflowers for miles.  Sunflowers make me happy and in the future will always remind me of Moldova.  Last week while I was walking across Moldova with a group of Peace Corps volunteers we spotted a few sunflower fields and then had a photo shoot.

O zi buna.

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Close of Service (COS) Conference

During the last week of April, I attended my final conference as a PCV.  It was the first time that our group (M26, the 26th group in Moldova) had all been together since February 2012.  We all met at the Peace Corps office in Chisinau, and then were bussed to Vada Lui Voda, a resort area along the Dniester River.  During the 2-day conference we learned about what was required of us before we leave Moldova and head back home.  Some of statistics we learned were 64 people were invited to Moldova, 55 actually came to Moldova in June 2011, 52 officially swore-in as volunteers, 34 were attending the COS conference and 4 will be extending for a third year.  In my specific business development group, 12 volunteers swore-in and currently we have 9 volunteers, 6 of us will be COSing in July and 3 will be extending.

It was great to see everyone together, we were blessed with great weather and in two short months we will all be going our separate ways.

O zi buna!