Last 100 Days, Days 35-31

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 35-31.  See all of my “Last 100 Days” posts here.

Day 35: At the very end of summer, my sister Heather came to visit me. After over a year apart, it was great to spend time with her (and my host niece Valerica also really enjoyed her visit). We spent most of our time in my village, and she even got to attend the first day of school with me. (August 2017)
Day 34: My village went all out to celebrate both Language Day and Moldova’s Independence Day. There was a competition to see which women baked the tastiest breads and made the best sweets, sour cream, butter, and brinza (a kind of cheese), as well as games, dancing, and musical performances. (August 2017)
Day 33: At the very end of summer, right before school began, my sister, a volunteer friend, and my host family walked through the fields at the edge of the village. It was a warm, sunny day, and it was so peaceful as we walked. (August 2017)
Day 32: We visited a nearby winery, Et Cetera Winery, while my sister was in Moldova. It was a wonderful, relaxing way to celebrate the end of summer. We stayed overnight in their guesthouse and enjoyed a delicious breakfast and exploring the vineyard in the morning. (August 2017)
Day 31: My second year of teaching began like the first, with a “First Bell” ceremony indicating the beginning of a new school year. This time, I knew what to expect and was really able to just take in the sweet tradition of literally “ringing” in the new year. (September 2017)