A Journey through June

June was full of a lot of events and was just the beginning of many goodbyes. A season of change but not without making memorable memories.

This month  was the beginning of fresh fruits and the ever popular delicious cherry season!

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These cherries were from my host family’s village house.

I got to attend my first wedding where my local friend and work partner along with a returned Peace Corps Volunteer celebrated their marriage in Moldova. It was a beautiful celebration, full of traditions and great people! They looked wonderful in their traditional Moldovan clothing and the setting was absolutely beautiful!

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There was even a special RPCV (returned Peace Corps volunteer) guest that came back to visit Moldova especially for the wedding! It was great getting to spend some quality time with her and to catch up on life.

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Not long after that, a few friends and I found ourselves in fields of lavender.

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One afternoon between running errands, we stumbled upon some new, creative art in the capital city. I’ll need to keep my eyes peeled for more. Chisinau is getting creative!

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I also got the final answer on being able to extend for a third year and was finally able to share the news with family and friends!

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My host family added a new addition to our apartment. Meet my new-found crazy cat friend who goes from attacking me to loving me in a matter of 2 seconds. I’ve personally somehow come to the conclusion that his name is Mr. Whiskey.

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The farewells began in June as I along with 2 other site mates began to say “see you later” to Balti and the youth we’ve gotten to know during our 2 years. We celebrated in the park on a hot day with some ice cream and fun photos.

One evening I found myself hanging out with 2 other volunteers playing Settlers of Catan. We had a blast and I realized it has been waaaay too long since I’ve played this game.

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Our M29 Community & Organizational Development (COD) program sector had a nice evening where we all got together and took out our program manager and assistant manager for a nice dinner and time together.

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The farewells continued through the end of the month and into July as colleagues rang the bell to complete their Peace Corps service.

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Miki was the first to ring the bell from our program group!

Next… I’ll share more about the bell ringing tradition that come when volunteers successfully complete their Peace Corps service, or as we call COS (close of service).

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