Last 100 Days, Days 40-36

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 40-36.  See all of my “Last 100 Days” posts here.

Day 40: When my parents were in Moldova, we spent an afternoon exploring Soroca. Soroca is a city in the far north of Moldova and is primarily known for it’s fortress. The fortress was built during medieval times and has been well restored. (July 2017)
Day 39: My parents and I also visited Orhei Vechi, which most consider the most beautiful place in the country. Historians believe this area was the first settlement in what is current-day Moldova. There is a centuries old monastery built into caves here, as well as sweeping views of the river valley. (July 2017)
Day 38: During my trip with my parents to the northern part of Moldova I saw some of the largest and most gorgeous fields of sunflowers. They truly stretch on as far as the eye can see, and will be one of the things I will probably never forget about Moldova. (July 2017)
Day 37: One of my favorite memories so far of my time here is attending the Graduation Ball and Ceremony of my 9th grade students. It was held in the evening, with the ceremony occurring just before dusk. The rest of the night was spent eating and dancing until the early hours of the morning. It’s also when I finally learned how to dance the “hora”, Moldova’s national dance. (July 2017. Photo credit: Amir Feinberg)
Day 36: Another highlight of my summer was when the “Turul Moldovei”, a group of Peace Corps volunteers walking through the southeastern part of the country and spreading peace, visited my village and stayed with my host family for a night. We enjoyed a delicious meal and time with my host family in the evening, and in the morning met with some students and visited our public library and Casa de Cultura. (July 2017)