Last 100 Days, Days 55-51

As I’ve mentioned, I’m sharing a photo and a look back on my favorite memories in moments in Moldova for each of my last 100 days here.  I’m counting down, so here are days 55-51.  See all of my “Last 100 Days” posts here.

Day 55: During my second semester of teaching, we started an after-school English Club for students in 7th through 9th grade. It was very well-attended, and we even got a visit one day from my the Peace Corps Moldova country director, which everyone really enjoyed! (April 2017)
Day 54: For most Moldovans, Easter is the most important holiday and biggest celebration of the year. My host mom made these sweet breads, called “pasca” in preparation for the holiday. (April 2017)
Day 53: Although spring usually comes to Moldova in March, we had a very unusual late April snowstorm my first spring here. Almost two feet of snow fell in my village, and we were without power for a couple of days. Thankfully, the damage to crops and fruit trees in my part of the country were minimal, though other parts of the country had more damage. (April 2017)
Day 52: One spring weekend, I took a mini-vacation with a volunteer friend. We visited the Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame, a small park and memorial for those that died in World War II. The park is very peaceful, and the memorial is beautiful. (May 2017)
Day 51: My friend Andrea and I visited Curchi Monastery on a beautiful spring weekend. Moldova has many beautiful monasteries, and this one was no exception. Though smaller than some, Curchi Monastery has been beautifully and lovingly restored after it was nearly completely destroyed during Soviet times. (May 2017)