On October 30th, my middle school English Club celebrated Autumn. We decorated the sala de sport on Friday. Then on Monday, the students got their faces painted, we played games and then we danced. I made my spiced brownies and had the students guess what was in it; one student actually got it right: cinnamon, … More English Club Fall Festival
Through the month of November, I did a post about gratitude every day on Facebook. Here are a few that I posted about food. Popcorn!!! I love popcorn and was ecstatic to hear that the corn used to make popcorn is grown in Moldova. I talked to my host family about corn to make popcorn … More Food this Fall: Popcorn, Tex-Mex and Walnuts
Moldova not only grows lots of grapes and makes lots of wine, it also has the largest wine collection (over 2 million bottles) in the Country owned winery called Mileștii Mici. The winery was built in 1969 from the tunnels of a limestone mine and has over 200 KM of space underground to house wine. … More Visit to Mileștii Mici
Fall was filled with some beautiful clear crisp days and some wet foggy mornings. Here are some of my favorite photos of animals and nature from this fall.
My raion center held its annual “Ziua vinului” celebration on October 22nd. In Moldova it is a day to celebrate the wine and traditions of Moldova. In my raion, a theme is selected and the towns set up booths to celebrate that theme. This year was “Nunta” (The Wedding). I attended with two of my … More “Ziua vinului” 2017
The first week of October was “Săptămânii Naționale a Voluntariatului 2017” in Moldova. Unity Community Center organized several volunteer activities to involve the youth of the community. Younger children cleaned the streets by the local school; middle school children helped clean up the yard of the museum and the garden at the home of the oldest villager … More National Volunteer Week, “Săptămânii Naționale a Voluntariatului 2017”
In October, the students at the school in my village had an exposition to celebrate fall and the varieties of squash: “Bostaniada”. Each class presented a table filled with artwork from squash/pumpkins/pumpkin seeds and posters depicting the fall. Then each class had a performance including poetry, song and dance. I really enjoyed seeing the creations … More Celebration of Pumpkins, “Bostaniada”
Since I have been here, I found a few short videos that show the beauty, grace and creativity of Moldova. This one was just released in November by the Moldovan Tourist Agency. It shows the beautiful countryside and the hospitality of Moldovans. The second one is about a winery, Pucari, that is near my village … More Views of Moldova from a few videos
I wrote a short article about the Animals of Moldova that was featured on the Peace Corps Moldova Stories website. You can read it here.
Herding cattle and goats in the morning. Our family’s cows go out to the pasture every day with many other cows in the village. A little after sunrise and the first milking, people walk their cows to a meeting spot and a few villagers then guide the cows to a neighboring pasture. The group pays … More Cows and Goats and Geese