The words “short” and “simple” had never come to mind before when thinking of weddings in the United States. However, that was before I had the privilege of attending two Moldovan weddings. It’s wedding season here in Moldova! Seriously, soon begins the period of time before Christmas during which no weddings can take place. I … More Wedding Bells are Ringing
One of my favorite quotes from a high school coach went something like this: “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” While this might seem ominous to some, it made perfect sense to this perfection-seeking overachiever. I never felt proud or accomplished after a sports practice or academic event if I left feeling like … More Practice Makes…. Something?
It has been a month since my last post. Since then, I have visited Orthodox monasteries with other volunteers, learned enough Romanian to hold basic conversations with strangers (as well as more in-depth conversations about life with friends), written lesson plans about health in both English and Romanian, and have visited the site that will … More Finding My Future
I write this post with the full knowledge that I could be expressing thoughts about our cultural monastery trip, my bundle of excitement and nerves at finding out the village I will be serving for the next two years, my first Independence Day abroad, or about how our trip to a local winery was canceled … More Finding Warmth in the Heat
In Moldova, the rain comes seemingly out of nowhere, and it comes down so fast it temporarily floods parts of the sandy, unpaved sections of the road. By the time you feel a drop on your arm and think “oh maybe I have some time to get into the house,” you’re already drenched. I’m used … More Slowly Adapting
I know several people have been waiting for an update, but I’ve been struggling to know what to write about since I arrived in Moldova. I tried to type several posts, but always ended up writing bits that I deemed too personal, too banal, or too long. I’m sure the rest of my blog posts … More A Flash of Lightning
In three days, I will leave Oregon and travel to Philadelphia. There, I will meet the other Peace Corps Volunteers who are part of the 32nd cohort to volunteer in Moldova. Two days later, I will leave the US for 27 months. I have found that the number of people asking me if I “feel ready” increases … More Pre-Departure Thoughts