6/15/10 – Moldova: Day 6

Spoons is a universally wonderful game. And by universal, I mean the places we have been. It has yet to be tested in Australia, South America, Africa, Antarctica, and by unknown life forms. We will see it sweep the world, as we have singlehandedly brought it to Asia and Europe. I’m sure people have played somewhere here before or in Thailand, but our friends had never heard of it. They love it though, and my students in Thailand say they are playing with their friends. It’s easy to teach so the language barrier’s not a problem. Our host family loves spoons, and Tim and I get to practice our numbers when we play cards. Plus it’s fun, and we can bond even though we only share some words.

I’ve found there are so many things you can do to be a part of the community, even if you don’t have the words to build on. I walk around the village and people appreciate the fact that I am learning Romanian (I have been told a few times that my Romanian is good for just a week of speaking). Also, Tim and I played soccer on the şcoală (school) field with some PC volunteers and Moldoveans. We played with mixed teams so as not to create divisions. It was fun, but they were very very good. I was not nearly as good, but my hustle was appreciated. We’re trying to get out in to community as much as possible just to show that we care.

I can’t really believe it has only been a week since we started our flight to Moldova. We have seen so many things, been through so much, and learned so much it actually feels like months. The week flew by, but it still feels like months. Okay, well, I already did my homework tonight but I need to go over my flashcards. We will try to post some pictures soon. Noapte Buna!


Author: Bre

I am in motion and in transition right now. I married Tim Knoll less than a year ago, and we recently applied to The Peace Corps. I work as a freelance journalist.

5 thoughts on “6/15/10 – Moldova: Day 6”

  1. I love it that you have already shared the “Spoons” game with yet another nation! It appears to be ageless, timeless and boundary-less! Who’d a thunk?
    Homework? Wow! Soccer games? Fun! Sounds competitive and YOU and Tim were both soccer players! Are you watching World Cup? Are there even TVs? Keep your posts coming! They are WONDERFUL!

    1. We have also now taught them “kang” (a game we learned from our Thai students) and spades. Spades was definitely more difficult, but it will open the door for euchre eventually maybe.

      1. Try Whist. Do you remember that game from long ago? It’s very like Spades and Euchre but no trump. A very good introductory game. You could find the rules online. Do you need more cards?

  2. I Love hereing about your Spoons game G & G played that with friends when we were 1st. married 47 years ago. Isn’t it wonderful to go so far away and enjoy it so much. Please keep the messages coming b/c that is the only way we can learn about the country you are in. Please Thank your Host Family for taking good care of you both for us that are far away and Love you.

  3. There are TVs here, but we don’t really watch because they’re in Russian and Romanian. Plus we don’t have time. We spend most of our time outside of class studying and talking with our family. We also hang out a lot with other volunteers. It’s nice though. We have watched some soccer.

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