One day, as I was riding the bus to work, I felt a tap on my shoulder. Little did I know that tap would change my life forever. Alright, so it didnt change my life, but it did lead to something pretty cool. I looked up, to see a man, wearing a distinctly non-Moldovan coat:
Casey: “You’re from America?”
Casey: “I’m from Alaska! My wife, Natalia, is from Singerei, and we are having a wedding reception here in a few weeks!”
Shortly thereafter, I went to dinner at Natalia’s mother’s house. To my surprise, upon entering the house, I saw Casey and his friend from the US, playing Xbox 360 over Xbox Live. For those of you that don’t know, thats a video game. It occurred to me at that moment, that my life in Moldova would be completely different, had I decided to bring my own Xbox 360. Much of the time I currently spend reupholstering chairs with my host dad, playing UNO with my host sisters, or hanging out and talking with my host mom, would undoubtedly be spent playing Xbox. As much as I miss it, it is safe to say that it would have ruined the “Peace Corps” experience.
In any case, this last weekend was Casey and Natalia’s wedding. Frankly, it was one of the best weddings I’ve ever been to! The food was great, everyone was happy as can be, and we danced the hora, for hours, as is natural at Moldovan weddings. Click the first link below to see pictures, and the second to see my site-mate Melissa’s blog post about the wedding: