Fericitul tata zi!!! (Happy Fathers Day!!!)
In honor of father’s day, I thought I’d throw another blog post up.
If my mission were to successfully “Yoelinize” (Not a real term) Moldova, what would that mission consist of? My closest friends would undoubtedly say it would involve a dollar menu McChicken sandwich, teaching the Moldovans Yoel’s famous sense of humor (Bad jokes & sarcasm), and ensuring that all of Moldova’s children had access to classic Nintendo games (Never mind clean water). Well, they have Mcdonalds in Chisinau, but no dollar menu…at least not to my knowledge. The Moldovan sense of humor… well, thats a work in progress; most likely I’ll have to learn more Romanian before the sarcasm gets through.
So, has Yoelinization been a complete failure? No! Last night I showed my host brother and sisters how to use a Nintendo emulator on their computer, along with the controller I brought from home. The look on my host brother’s face was priceless! In fact, it probably looked a lot like my face at the age of 5, when I got my Nintendo for hannukah (I think it was hannukah?).
Haha I’m sure many of you are questioning my value to the Peace Corps at this point, but please, let me reitterate the importance forming a positive relationship with the children. The children are our future….ha no, I have something legitimate to say. I am learning so much Romanian by just hanging out with the kids.
Below are a number of pictures. The first is my host brother Nilu playing Nintendo, as discussed above; second is myself and my host sister Galina in a cherry tree; third is a beautiful view of my village; and fourth is one of my Romanian teachers. Enjoy!