One of the most common questions Americans ask me is “How’s the food over there?” Well, the short answer is that the food is good, and we eat a little of everything. The rest of this post will be about traditional Moldovan dishes, as well as the main differences between what I eat here and … More But How is the Food?
It has been five months since my last blog post, and boy do I have a lot to write about! I have now experienced a Moldovan winter, Orthodox Christmas and Easter, two vacations, births of baby animals, a baptism, an entire school year of health lessons, and emotional ups and downs, all the while trying … More My Oldest Friend
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