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!