If you have noticed my absence lately (and I am flattered if you have), know that it is because it is now summer in Moldova and probably the busiest time of year for both Peace Corps Volunteers and their Moldovan counterparts. School is out and vacations are being taken, true, but new Peace Corps trainees have arrived and Pre-service Training is in full swing, the M26s are COS’ing, cherries and peaches are being harvested, Turul Moldovei has launched (finally!), new projects are in the planning stages, and – of course – it is wedding season in Moldova. Every day seems to be packed with meetings, appointments, places to go, things to buy, phone calls to make, and events to attend. What a difference from the wintertime, when I was convinced I would never leave my room again!
Because there are three separate though interrelated topics I feel the need to expound upon, let me take it one by one (mostly because I don’t want to stretch your attention span by throwing them all into one meters-long posting.) The three posts following this intro will flesh out the current events that are filling my days and keeping me sated to the brim with joy and excitement. Feel free to read in small doses….