My first update from Moldova! Sorry it has taken me this long, but as you might imagine, things have been a bit hectic.
So….I made it to Moldova! It is very green, and very hot here. Apparently it will be hot and humid here for the next few months (I’m glad I brought all that winter clothing :-P). There are 70 something people in my group, and about 15 in my sub-group, doing Community Development. 3 people from my sub-group get to learn Russian…unfortunately I’m not one of them. Oh well, Romanian is a fun language.
I am now at my host site, a small village called Vasieni, where I’ll be staying for the next 3 months during training. It is really beautiful here! You can check out some photos on facebook, if we’re friends, but I’ll upload photos onto the blog soon, when I have more time. My host family has internet and a pretty good computer.
So, what have I been doing? I’m exausted from the language classes already. I’ve studied french and hebrew before, but those classes were nothing compared to these peace corps classes. I have 3 teachers, and to begin with they alternated every 20 minutes or so, but now we will be switching teachers on a weekly basis….I think. We are learning through repetition, and the process is extraordinarily gruelling; however, this process seems to work really well, as the group of volunteers that arrived the year before me are practically fluent! I already feel moderately confident talking to my host family members.
I really like my host family. The mother works in a magazine shop in the village, the father is out of town, working abroad in Poland at the moment. There are 3 boys and 3 girls, but I havent met the oldest, a 23 year old girl who is in medical school. The 3 boys are very nice, and the oldest is pretty cool. We more or less talk about ex-girlfriends, discos, and drinking games. Thats what I’m in Moldova for, right?
One host sister is 12, and her english is surprisingly good! Her name is Nastia, short for Anastatia. The other day, Nastia and I milked a goat, and rounded up the poultry. The family has a goat, ducks, chickens, turkeys, geese, a baby pig, two dogs, and a cat. Its really cool! The other host sister isnt really a member of the family….I think. Both of her parents are working abroad in Italy. This is a very common situation in Moldova, as there is a serious lack of employment here. This host sister is awesome though. We have been working with these Whinnie the Poo and Care Bear flash cards; she is teaching me Romanian, and I am teacher her English. We went for a walk the other evening, and we are each naming things we see in Romanian and English!
And now…the part you have all been waiting for: The family does not have a bathroom indoors, so they use an outhouse. The volunteer who was with this host family last year joked that it was known among volunteers as the worst outhouse in the village! It is located within the poultry coup, so oftentimes the chickens will peek their head in when you are doing your business….its pretty awesome. Again, I’ll upload pictures soon.
So far I love Moldova, and Moldovans seem to really like Americans…especially our women; although I’m not sure why, as Moldova might have the highest concentration of beautiful women in the world! I’ll be sure to pick a nice one to bring home to marry…..just kidding grandma :-P.
Anyway, I love and miss you all, and I’ll try and write again soon!