Last weekend was different from other weekends in Moldova. It was the first time I worked the land (yeah, I know I’m a bit late on that), it was the first time I exercised since coming to Moldova, and it was the first time I had a guest from Peace Corps stay for the weekend! Alright, you caught me…I didn’t exercise. If you read my last post, my host dad and I discussed doing so each morning…but, alas, I decided another 30 minutes of sleep was more important this morning.
In any case, my friend Nkosi came down for the weekend. He lives about an hour and a half north of me, and is in the “Agro-Business” program. While my job here in Moldova involves increasing productivity and efficiency at the Dept. of Social Assistance in my district, Nkosi has been assigned to work with an NGO looking to improve agricultural output and profitability. He mentioned that he is discussing the possibility of planting sweet potatoes, which don’t exist in Moldova at the moment.
First things first, I took Nkosi to my office. The ladies at my office were excited to meet another volunteer; so excited, in fact, that they prepared lunch for us in the office! From what I understand, our driver (yes, our department has a driver) drove home, and had his wife prepare “pelmeni” for us. Pelmeni is a Russian cuisine that is popular here. Here is a wiki article on the dish, if you’re interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelmeni
Later, I took Nkosi to my home, to meet the family. Everyone was very excited to meet Nkosi. We had a great time! Nkosi, my host dad, and I went out to the land to plant “usteroi” (Garlic). It was the first time I planted anything in Moldova. For those skeptics…ok, so I didnt really dig anything. I more or less put the garlic on the ground, and my host dad did the actual work. It was fun, nonetheless!
Afterward, we all had a nice frigarui/shashlik feast (BBQ), and Nkosi and I then played about 20 games of UNO with my host sisters. I must have been on an off night, because I don’t think I won once. My sister Aura, however, seemed to win just about every game! I’d like to give a shout-out to my site-mate Melissa, once again, for letting us borrow her UNO cards. My sisters love that game!
Alright, I’d better get to work. Enjoy the pictures!