One thing that is emphasized throughout training, is the importance of educating one another (Americans & Moldovans) about each other’s cultures. The Moldovan contribution here has largely involved teaching us the importance of family, eating traditional foods, and dancing the hora about a thousand times (more on this later). My contribution, at least in regard to my family life, has been to talk about places I’ve lived, talk about American food (I don’t know how to cook without a box and some directions), and after last night, to show the classic film Willow to my host siblings. They were thoroughly impressed, and even stated that it was probably Val Kilmer’s best performance. Actually, I made that up, but they did love the magic, sword fighting, and the multitude of Piticuli, which is Romanian for dwarves.
Anyway, I mentioned dancing the hora earlier. Moldovans love dancing the hora….or at least that’s what Peace Corps keeps telling me; I havent actually seen anyone dance the hora outside of a Peace Corps program. In order to thank our host families for their hospitality throughout training, we’ll be throwing a sort of party for the families, where we will dance the hora. Yeah, you heard right, I will be dancing the hora, in a classic Moldovan outfit no-less!
Yes, what you’re thinking right now is absolutely the case:
“That should be easy, Yoel is a fantastic dancer. I learned a great deal from watching him out on the dance floor. He’s so handsome as well!”
Well, I appreciate the thought, but organized dancing isn’t quite as easy as jumping around on the dance floor, which I invariably end up doing, due to a serious lack of rhythm. I am quite certain we will get up on the stage to perform this thing, and I’m going to step on at least three feet. At least afterward we’ll be eating some delicious food. No whiskey this time grandma 😉
2 more weeks of training, and then I’ll be moving north to get to work!