Tuesday, October 11, 2005

 


My village is very fortunate to have paved streets. Looking at these roads you may be thinking that "fortunate" isn't quite the right word, but most villages in Moldova only have dirt roads. So while these roads are in pretty bad condition by American standards, in the winter the roads in this village won't be a muddy mess like in most other villages.

Monday, October 10, 2005

 




Almost every family in every village in Moldova makes their own wine. This is me picking grapes at my family's house. The other pictures are of grapes waiting to be made into wine and of wine in the making.

 




These are the Peace Corps trainees in my village and the classroom where we study everyday.

 

This is the house where I'm staying for the next five weeks (I will have stayed here for a total of nine weeks - the entirety of my language training period). It's two floors, with three bedrooms. It's pretty nice.

 
So I've been in Moldova for nearly a month now and I feel like I've acclimated pretty well. I won't lie - using an outhouse is pretty unpleasant, as is not having running water. But overall, things are pretty good here. My host family is great and all of the Peace Corps volunteers in my village for language traing are great. I'll be in my current village with seven other volunteers for another five weeks. After that, I'll be sent to my permanent site where I'll begin my job working for a non-profit organization. I will find out on Wednesday which organization I will be working for - I'm pretty excited about that. This coming weekend, all the volunteers in training will actually visit our future sites for three days - it's pretty intimidating because we will be traveling alone on public transporation (which is a bit difficult with the language barrier) and will be staying with three different families over three nights to decide which family we want to live with for at least the next six months.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

 

Monday, September 05, 2005

 

 
The packing is going as well as can be expected. Fitting enough for two years into two checked bags and two carry-ons is not as fun as it may sound. The only major thing I have left to do is sell my car - hopefully it'll go this week.

It feels surprisingly liberating to get rid of all my extra stuff. Over the years, I've accumulated masses of stuff I don't need, and letting it go is a great feeling. It's also helping me mentally prepare to make this huge life change.

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