Celebrating America’s Independence Day in Moldova

I decided to stay at site and home for the July 4th holiday, hoping I’d have the opportunity to share the US holiday with my host family and some local friends.

My original plan of making dinner for my host family on July 4th didn’t quite work out as I had planned. Plans unfolded as the day went on and I found myself invited to a friends house to have dinner with her and her children. I was so grateful for the invitation and to share some US traditions with them. I even brought some red, white, and blue balloons for the kids and we had lots of fun discussing the different kinds of foods Americans eat on this holiday and playing with the balloons.

After dinner with our USA celebratory balloons at my friends house with her son.
After dinner with our USA celebratory balloons at my friends house with her son.

Then the next day, one of my site mates organized a 4th of July picnic for our host families to celebrate with us together. He prepared hamburgers, I taught my host sister how to make deviled eggs and we made a version of strawberry shortcake but without the strawberry part and substituted raspberries instead. You’ve gotta work with what you have. 🙂

Me with my host mom and host dad at the American BBQ.
Me with my host mom and host dad at our American BBQ.
One of my site mates host brothers who was really happy about the cheeseburger and everyone being together.
One of my site mates host brothers who was really happy about the cheeseburger and everyone being together.

It was really nice to have our two host families together for the first time and some other Peace Corps volunteers to share in this holiday and celebrate together.

Note: Some of us PCVs from Balti are in the featured image above with a random neighborhood kid in the tree, a host brothers finger in the photo, and my host family thinking we’re hilarious… this pretty much sums the day up.

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