Unintentionally dramatic photography!!

It has been long, too long, since I last updated the blog.  A lot has gone on in the last two weeks, including several trips to the capitol, lots of language training, and site assignments!

The capitol is a very pretty place.  Trees line every street, and it feels very European — I don’t know why I’d have expected anything else, considering Moldova is in Europe.  Perhaps I could also describe it as being more St. Petersburg than Moscow.

Well, I intended on posting a set of pictures and committing one blog post to the first trip to Chisinau, so I am going to do that now and then get on with everything that has happened since.

Here is the outfit I wore on that fine, adventurous day:

Grooby-Moldovan Mode!

You will note the spiffy hat (which was given to me by Amy and Doug.  Also, in the bottom of the picture is my official Peace Corps name tag that I love and protect.  It has a Moldova flag in the upper corner.

I walk down and up a very large hill everyday, and on that morning, here is something I saw.

Two dogs, many goats.

We traveled in by public transport starting first on Marshootka (phonetic spelling of a Cyrillic word), and then we transferred to trolley.  Again, I am still in Ioloveni, my training site.


This is the primary mode of transportation among Moldovans and Peace Corps volunteers.  There are trains throughout the country too, but they are both slower and more expensive – or that is what I’ve been told.  It’s been said that they will cram up to 70 people into one of these tiny vans, and in Moldova they know of an infectious force called The Current.  The Current can make you sick, and it is caused by having windows open.  So in the middle of summer, the vans fly all over the country, crammed to the point where the suspension stops working, with the windows rolled up.




Here are a few photos taken on the walk to the Peace Corps office, where we congregated and split up to do various things in the city.  I wanted to go with the Piatsa / Bazaar group.  And, here, is the Bazaar!:

The Central Piatsa

The Central Piatsa 2

The Central Piatsa 3

The Piatsa is very big and very confusing.  Unlike a grocery store or market, you come here to barter for a better price.  As an American, that means you come here to lose money and practice your Russian or Romanian.  In the pictures you cannot see the food sections, but they are pretty amazing.  I took a video of walking through the fruit section, and I will try to upload it later.

The Chisinau Movie Theater

In the capitol there is one movie theater showing films in Russia with Romanian subtitles.  The politics of language are pretty interesting in Moldova.  As a “Russian Speaker,” that being someone in the Peace Corps learning Russian instead of Romanian (there are 7 Russians 63 Romanian Speakers), we will likely get some flack for coming to Moldova and not learning Moldavian (Romanian).  Already at a bar, I’ve had a few younger, politically-minded men tell me that they wouldn’t speak to me in Russian.  This was in a mostly Romanian speaking Raion, and where I will be placed will be mostly Russian speaking.

A fountain in one of the many parks.

More from a park.

An under-construction building with pretty grafiti.

So, I’ve lost my steam.  In forty-five minutes, I will head to Chisinau again, where I will meet the director of the school at my permanent site.  My bag for the weekend is packed, and I’ll try to take some pictures when possible.  BTW, my permanent site is going to Anenii Noi.  It is a raion center located about 40-50 minutes to the east of the capitol, which is very close.  Buses leave every thirty minutes, should I want to go in, but there will be a lot going on in the raion itself, and in the raion is where I will be doing my work.  The population is about 12k; there is a wiki article on the raion and the raion center, which I would link, but for some reason I can’t get the page to load right now.

All my love, More to come,