Sharing some reflections from my first day of site visit…
First of all, I love my site placement! I am so excited about working with ProCoRe and learning from the staff and excited to dig into community projects with them in the Northern part of Moldova. During my site visit, I got some more details about the organization I’ll be working with for 2 years and met my partner and her sister who I will also be working with as well. They are full of energy and are passionate about what they are doing and I am looking forward to working with them.
The first day was a morning full of travels as we navigated our way north. I started out with travels from the village I am currently live in then went to Stauceni to first meet up with the rest of the guys who are also going to work in Bălți. We caught a bus heading to the north bus station that morning and made our way to Chisinau. Then at another bus stop we caught a ruteria to the north bus station where we then jumped on another ruteria but this one heading to Bălți on our first ruteria ride to our future home. Bălți is about 2 hours from Chisinau (the capital of Moldova) by Ruteria.
It was an uneventful and yet fun ride to my future home with these guys. My fellow M29 site mates are quite fun… one may have been a bit tired and another studied a bit along the way.
…and the sunflower views are amazingly stunning and these photos don’t even do them any justice. I hope to be able to take more photos of these flowers in the future…
Once we arrived, I met my partner and her sister (who speaks English very well) and we hit the ground running immediately. They showed me the office…
And we enjoyed some chai and snacks while they shared information about the organization. I am thrilled to work with ProCoRe and am looking forward to learning lots once I get to site and start working with my partner and the organization and community.
I got a great tour of Bălți, had some lunch at Andy’s pizza (and here I thought I wouldn’t have been able to get pizza here, silly me) and we did a lot of walking. I think my site placement is a perfect match.
After lunch and more touring of the city, my site mate walked me to my future home which is about a 15 min walk to/from the office. I have learned since then that I have some great neighbors – one of my coworkers lives close as well as a current PCV too.
I don’t really have many photos from my site host family home… yet. They are quite a lovely family, I’ll be living with a host mama and tata and one sister who is about my age. They are very hospitable and my host tata is quite the character and makes me laugh a lot. His personality reminded me very much of my Pap Lucas. I ate really well, more food than I can handle and was able to communicate with my host family better than I thought — and able to carry conversations in Romanian! Hoorah!
Welcome to Bălți… my new home come August after swearing in on July 30th!