Travel: Moldova and Romania

It’s been quite a while since my last post.  That’s because I’ve been travelling!  Two weeks ago, my parents arrived in Moldova and we spent some time in the country that is currently my home and also spent a week in Romania.  It was quite the vacation, and I’m so glad my parents were able to come visit me and get to see where I live and what I do and that we also got to travel to another country together.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing detailed posts of the places we went and what we saw.  We saw a lot in just two weeks, so it’ll be quite a few separate posts.  But for now, I’ll just share the basics of our trip.

My parents began and ended their trip in Moldova.  We spent the first three days in my site (the village I live and work in), spending time with my host family and visiting places I frequent, such as my school and the public library.  We then headed to Romania for a week, and then spent another four days exploring the rest of Moldova.

Here’s what we saw in Moldova (in no particular order): Feşteliţa (my village), Soroca, Orhei Vechi, Ţîpova Monastery, Purcari Winery, Comrat, Cricova Winery, and Chişinău.

And here’s what we saw in Romania: Sinaia, Bran Castle, Braşov, Rupea Fortress, Sighişoara, the wooden churches of Maramureş, and Breb.

Our travel route through Romania starting at Leuseni and ending at Stefanesti).

Besides the time we spent in my village (where we stayed with my host family), we stayed in a combination of Airbnb rentals or hotels that we found through  In Moldova, we stuck entirely with Airbnb, while in Romania, we booked through both Airbnb and I’ll share more specific details about lodging with each post.

Overall, it was a packed and busy but very great trip.  It was wonderful to see my parents after a little over a year apart, and I enjoyed getting to show them around Moldova and experience Romania together.