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.”