Tim is not comfortable putting up some details about our permanent sites and family for security reasons, so I will try to respect that as much as possible. That being said, I’m sure some of you read the last post and thought “Well that was vague.” So I’ll try to remedy that a little while not being too specific.
Our site is in a bigger city. It has about 25,000 people and is one of the largest cities in Moldova. It has a few universities and has a very rich religious history. We have a lot of good amenities like internet cafes, sports bars, supermarkets, and even a Catholic church. That seems like it would be pretty common in Europe, but only the biggest towns have many other religions represented besides Eastern Orthodox and Baptist. If I had to compare it to a town I’ve spent time in in SUA (that’s USA for all you non-Romanian speakers), I would probably say it’s a lot like Bloomington. Our friends here already want to visit us because our site is awesome.
Our family is really great and we will be living with an older couple. They have children in North America and they have hosted volunteers many times before. That takes a little bit of pressure off of us. We live in the casa mare (big house. Most Moldovan families have two houses. One is where they keep their nice stuff and they are always fixing it up. The other is smaller and they live in that. It’s also easier to heat in the winter.) We live with them, but we have a lot of personal space in the house. They even have a son-in-law who is an RPCV! Cool, huh?
Anyway, I think that should paint a clearer picture of what we’ve found out in the past few weeks. I think we’ll be pretty happy there, and I can’t wait to get started.