Independence Day

7/3/10 Moldova: Day 23

First of all … Happy Birthday Grampie! I miss you, and I wish I could see you on your birthday. Light a sparkler for me, and have a great day.

I had an amazing time tonight with my host family. My host sister, father, mother, and Tim and I went to the lake. We grilled chicken, played cards, and watched the sun set. In Romanian, sunset literally translates to sun of the west. Well, the sun of west was a perfect backdrop to the tiny monastery nestled peacefully into the rolling hills. I know the 4th of July is coming up, and I was a little sad we would miss fireworks, grilling, and hanging out with family. But there were actually a few fireworks tonight because someone was setting them off for their birthday. So, tonight we had it all. I really can’t believe how much I’ve come to love them in the past few weeks. Honestly, the bus ride to our PST site was terrifying. I literally (and I mean literally, not figuratively) spoke five words of Romanian. I knew they would not speak English, but I somehow had to find a way to explain who I was, what I wanted, and how we were going to live together for the next ten weeks. There were a lot of awkward moments at first, but they have been so welcoming and so wonderful to Tim and I. We really have a very kind host family, and we love them so much. We get our site assignment on Tuesday, and we hope we are close to our host family so we can visit  pretty often.

P.S. If anyone sees any 4th of July stuff and is thinking of sending a care package, please include a small American flag. Our host father wants to sit it next to the Moldovan flag as a centerpiece. He was pretty quiet at first, but I think he really likes having us there. Every night we toast “pentru păcii” which means “for peace.”

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3 thoughts on “Independence Day”

  1. Thanks for writing and Grampie says thank for remembering his B’day. We have not sealed our box yet so I will look tomorrow for the flag. Sorry you wont have it for the 4th. Maybe you should try to talk the PC in letting you stay in your village so you can stay with your host family, I know I would feel better if I knew you were with someone that you care so much about and they felt the same.
    Love you all

  2. Its great you are having such a great experience. Im so excited for you both and love the blog! 🙂 Hugs!!

  3. Some other volunteers and I were reminiscing last night about what we were all doing on the 4th last year, and I remembered sitting out in the rain at your apartment in Indy, waiting for the fireworks that never happened…a good time nonetheless. Sounds like you guys are really enjoying your experience so far! Good luck with training!

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