On Sunday May 5th, I went to the Gagauzian Hederlez celebration in Ceadir-Lunga, Moldova. It is the celebration of the beginning of summer and when livestock starts to go out to pastures again. One of the main activities at this celebration is horse racing. #Hederlez2019 First up are the beautiful mares and foals. Next up, … More Gagauzian Hederlez Celebration- The Horses
Today marks 90 days left for me in Moldova, sometimes I feel like I just got here and other days like I have been here for a longer period of time. It is amazing how time can seem slow and fast. Through the next 90 days, I’ll be taking some time to share more about … More Last 90 Days
I met some new animal friends and enjoyed the start of the colors of fall, the pinks, oranges, and golds. I tried a new type of date and discussed dates and figs with Tatiana. She is the curator of the local museum and the mother of my PC work partner, Liliana.
August 16th marked one year in my village. I have learned so much and have come to love living in a village. I appreciate even more the beauty of nature, the cycle of life and death, living in the moment and enjoying everyday meals with friends and family. I very grateful for my M32 cohorts … More One Year of Service
When I returned from Armenia in July, the sound of “peeps” was louder at my house; there were now baby ducks with white feathers and with brown feathers, geese, turkeys and chickens. The white ducks were growing the fastest. The geese got to hang out in a makeshift glass house for a week until they … More New baby birds
Every year, the Unity Community Center celebrates Children’s Day, which is on June 1st in Moldova. This year was a special event as the center received a sponsorship to take the children from grades 2-5 from the center on an excursion into Chisinau. It was such a delightful day, starting with watching the children’s eyes … More Celebrating Children’s Day June 1 2018
My birthday celebrations continued as several other volunteers and I visited several wineries in my raion (District/County) the weekend after my birthday. Moldova has some of the best wine in the world and we visited two of the best, Pucari and Et Cetera. We stopped by an Italian Pizza resturant (L’angolo Italinano pizza) for probably … More Stefan Voda Wine Tour
Our second cat (who is the mama of our other cat) had three kittens in May. The mama cats, older kittens and new kittens shared a bed together for a few days. My host family was uncertain that they would find homes for the original five kittens so the three new kittens were killed. I … More Dealing with the life and death of cats and dogs
More Green!! The potatoes, grapes, onions, garlic and beets have turned the brown to green in the gardens. The cherry trees have fruit and peaches are starting to grow. Bright yellow squash flowers are showing up and tomato plants now have stick tripods to grow on. Baby turkeys arrived, nine and counting.
More photos from late April and Early May. The fields are busy with people harvesting alfalfa and watering other crops. Lilies and wild roses are blooming. The cherries are beginning to ripen so mornings and evenings are spent picking a few to eat. New bunnies are born and baby geese are growing up. Spring clouds … More Spring Views 3