Our trip to Romania was book ended by time spent in Moldova, where I live and work. Because our time in Moldova was split into two parts, the posts will not be in any particular order. When my parents arrived, they first came to my village for a few days to spend some time with my host family and get to know my community.
During the rest of our time in Moldova we saw a lot and traveled quite a bit: visiting Soroca, Orhei Vechi and Ţîpova Monastery in the north of the country, Purcari Winery and Comrat in the south-east and south of the country, and Chisinau and Cricova Winery in the center. Thankfully, Moldova is a very small country, so you can see a lot in a short amount of time.
Although I had been to several of the places we visited, there were a few that I experienced for the first time, including Soroca, both wineries, and Comrat. And although it was wonderful to travel to Romania, our time in Moldova was particularly special to me. After living here for a year, I really enjoyed the opportunity to show my parents around the community and country that have become home for me. As cheesy as it may sound, I’ve fallen in love with this place and these people, and to be able to share that with my parents was really special.