{Photo Friday}: Learning how to code at #GirlsGoIT summer camp

This week has been been an inspiring and encouraging week because of an incredible group of 40 young girls ages 16-20 and 12+ local trainers & mentors from Moldova. They have been working and learning A LOT since the start of the camp at the beginning of this week in the first ever #GirlsGoIT summer camp in Moldova. For two weeks these young girls will learn various coding skills, how to build a website, and will make new friends. I have been impressed by these young girls and the trainers/mentors of this camp! More to come soon about this “foarte, foarte  fantastica” IT camp!

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Some of the girls working with their mentor, Marc as they learn about the coding program, Python.
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Photo Friday: A horse and caruta

This continues a new series of posts on Fridays as I share an image from my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova.

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This is a common scene in Moldova, especially when traveling to or through a village. This is a “caruta” [sounds like ca-root-za] where a cart-like wagon is often attached to a horse and carries a variety of things from harvest, animals, produce, products and family members. For some families this is their main means of transportation. I was out on some field-visits one day with my office when we were visiting a farm in the northern part of Moldova and the farmer came to meet us in his caruta from the field.

Photo Friday: Serious Beauty

This post continues the Photo Friday series each week as I share an image from my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova.

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I captured this photo when I went to the annual wine festival last fall. This beautiful woman was part of the kiosk/display for one of the wine businesses. I love the colors in her clothing and the serious, but relaxed look on her face.

Photo Friday: Busy as Bees

This post continues a series on Fridays as I share a photo from my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova. Enjoy!

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My host family has a couple of honey bee hives at their village house which produces honey for us to enjoy all throughout the year. Since they have a number of fruit trees and lots of sunflowers they keep the bees pretty busy throughout the spring and summer. My host dad shared with me more about the process bees go through to collect the pollen and bring back to the hives. The bees would bring back pollen a few different ways, I liked when I could spot the ones bringing the pollen back in little “packages” on their legs or sides, just like the one pictured in the image above. Honey is a product that is produced in Moldova and exported to some international markets.

Photo Friday: When Sunflowers Go Against the Crowd

This post continues a new series on Fridays as I share an image from my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova.

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I went with my host family to the village house last weekend and the sunflowers are in full bloom. While all the other sunflowers are pointing to where the sun rises, this one was facing where the sun set. Guess this flower is not one for early mornings. There’s always gotta be at least one in every group who goes against the crowd. 🙂 I promise there will be a post coming up in the near future sharing all the amazingness of these beauties — such joy.

Photo Friday: Collecting cobwebs with age

This post continues a new series on Fridays as I share an image from my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova.

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We found this old abandoned truck during visits for a project we were working on with my primary organization one day. If you look close enough you can see the cobwebs and the swans in the distance. I can only imagine how long this truck has been there and the time it has seen pass by.

Photo Friday: A Simple Crane

I’m beginning a new series of posts on Fridays as I share an image from my experience in Moldova as a Peace Corps Volunteer. (although, I am starting out the first post with a photo from my latest vacation) 

Found hanging in a handmade paper store when visiting a small historic village town in France near Lyon. This makes me think of the beauty that simple things can bring in life -- transforming a simple piece of paper into a folded origami crane
I found this hanging in a handmade paper store when visiting a small historic village town in France near Lyon. This made me think of the beauty that simple things can bring in life — transforming a simple piece of white paper into an origami crane which also holds several meanings in the Japanese culture including peace, honor, and loyalty.