October’s Over?

October is over? When did that happen?!

Being that it’s mid-November and I’m wondering where October went, gives you a bit of a glimpse of how fast time has been going for me recently. I’m a bit behind on processing my thoughts and sharing the latest things I have been learning during my time in Moldova as a Peace Corps volunteer – please forgive me. We have some catching up to do.

In the meantime, enjoy some snapshots from the past month and a half of my life here in this beautiful place.

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This little guy was from my first host family’s home during the second phase of training.
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During the second phase of training my youngest host sister and I would watch a lot of animated movies together.
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…and the letter D is for DOVLEAC, which means pumpkin in Romanian.
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I made popcorn on the stove top my first time since I arrived in Moldova and introduced my host family in Balti to it… I’m proud to say that it was a big hit. I was beyond excited that night to share this fun snack with them and watch a movie.
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My host dad brought home some bread from the southern part of Moldova — it was as big as my head!!
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It snowed. In October. #toosoon
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I made chocolate chip cookies for the first time and introduced my host family and co-workers to them for the first time. To make chocolate chips you have to get a chocolate bar and break it up into tiny pieces.
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One of my site mates hosted a Halloween party for their NGO’s volunteers. Lots of creative handmade costumes going on here. In Moldova they don’t celebrate Halloween.
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For Halloween I dressed as a hashtag complete with a wipe-off #hashtag board. Aren’t these two lovely ladies beeautiful?
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I received a very fun care-package from a dear friend! I get so excited about mail and packages now – it makes me feel a little bit closer to the ones I love who are so far away. Thank you, friend!
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Adam made lasagna. It was amazing, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
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Daniel and I did a day trip to Chisinau – it makes for a long, tiring day. We got to see a beautiful sunset on the way home though – just a blurry shot through the rutiera window.
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I continue to find (and look for) joy in the small things… I found a lady bug!
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My host dad made me some warm spiced wine. It apparently is the cure for everything – not feeling well? Have a sore throat? Here, drink!
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The leaves are gone – fall is coming to an end… and the birds are watching closely.
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I started meeting with these kiddos at the American Corner to have some English-learning fun with them each week.
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View from behind the Stephan Cel Mare statue in the center of town from the primaria (where all the local political and community stuff gets done – aka mayor’s office).
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Went on a visit with my work to a school where they just finished a cafeteria project and we stood at this open hole for awhile. I really wish I understood what they were saying about it. It just seemed so random to me – big open hole at a school…
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And then this guy… I believe it’s the same puppy I had held a few weeks ago and we found him waiting for us one evening as we were heading home. I told him to follow me home and he did (I may have carried him part of the way too) 😉 and gave him a little bit of food and he continued on his way. I love that when I got home I told my host mom that I found a puppy (you could also hear him crying in the stairwell) and she immediately went to the fridge to get something for him. Best host family ever.
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