A joy-filled July

This past month of July has been quite full of travels and transitions.

On the 4th of July I celebrated the holiday with my host family by making burgers. I had to get creative as it was too hot to use the oven, so I made them on the stovetop. I got the nod of approval, even with the improvisation.

The new Peace Corps trainees finished up their second month of training in July and I got to meet many of them during various trainings I implemented and panels I participated in.

I said more goodbyes to PCV friends as they rang the bell to finish their 2 years of service.

There was a send off party hosted by UN Women for the girls who attended the Technovation World Pitch Summit in San Francisco before they left.

Then there was the quick trip to San Francisco for the Technovation training for the new Master Educator program training during the World pitch summit.

When I returned to Moldova, I had 2 weeks to say more goodbyes to volunteers, do a few more trainings, and to pack up all my stuff from my host family’s home. But before all the “packing-up-my-life” chaos began I went to the village house with my host family to relax and take a break before things got too crazy.

It took me about 2-3 days to go through everything from the past 2 years and to prepare it for the move to the capital city. Plus I had to prepare my bag for going home as well. It’s amazing to see how easy it is to accumulate so much stuff in a short amount of time.

On my final evening in Balti with my host family we had a little celebration with some of my favorite foods and my host dad pulled out the accordion and sang a song about me leaving.

My heart is full as I am incredibly grateful for the past 2 years with my host family in Balti. We experienced a lot of ups and downs and life as it is…full of messiness and complicated situations. We’ve seen one another at our best and worst and I wouldn’t trade them. They’ve taught me a lot about life and have become some of my biggest encouragers and part of my support system here in Moldova. My Peace Corps service would not be the same without them.

I’ve left for special home leave where I’ll be gone for 30 days to spend time with family and friends in PA. You won’t be hearing from me much in August as I’ll be taking a needed break. I’ll be returning to Moldova in September where I will continue my Peace Corps service for a 3rd year but with a new primary organization and location. I’ll share more then, but until then enjoy the rest of your summer!

La revedere!

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