I’m not sure where September went, but when I look back over my photos from this month, I realize I have not taken as many photos as I usually do. However, I know for sure it was a full month. I guess it just means I was enjoying being in the moment a whole lot more.
When I returned to Moldova, I had the opportunity to go to First Bell in my training host family’s village…
…shortly after that, I went to a traditional wedding and celebrated with the family and newlyweds for 2 days. I will be sharing more about that experience in the near future.
Bride and groom walking out of the house on their way to continue more traditions before the big celebration.
At the wedding reception, dancers entertained us for hours with lots of traditional dances.
I started working with a new organization & program in Chisinau…
I attended various networking and tech-related events…
Met some great youth at a Diamond Challenge info event, an entrepreneurial business development program
Attended the grand opening of iHub, a new co-working space in the center of Chisinau for the tech and startup industry here
The girls who traveled to the Technovation World Pitch Summit in San Francisco shared their experience, encouraging other girls to get involved too
From an evening at a Silicon Drinkabout event
Another evening at a Silicon Drinkabout event – someone’s got to wear the funny glasses
Then there was that time in September that I experienced my first earthquake. It woke me up at 2 AM and I was all confused as to what to do in response to the concrete building swaying, things rattling and moving around me. I’ve learned since then that the bathtub is not the ideal place to go during an earthquake, but for a tornado (hey, I’ve never experienced either of these things in my life before). Live and learn. Now I know better — if there is an earthquake, it’s best to get out of the building if you can. If not, go to an interior wall or doorway.
It was a good month full of meeting lots of new people and experiencing new random adventures. (hovering over the photo will tell you a little bit about each)
Peace Corps volunteers from the north got together for a fun meet up to meet the new volunteers and talk about various projects and ideas
Oh how I miss this little guy – my host nephew and I taking selfies
Along a walk with a new friend, we came across an Armenian church. We met a kind woman there who took us on a tour and shared much of Armenia’s culture and history for over an hour
I went to a pumpkin festival with some friends — one would think there would be lots to eat there made of pumpkin, so not true.
New wine from the pumpkin festival – fall is the time when families prepare making their wine for the year
At the pumpkin festival, traditional clothing was hanging from the trees to add to the festivities