English Club

One of the best parts of my final year here so far has been the continuation of the English Club I do with students in grades 7 through 9 at my school.  I started the club last winter in February and had about 70 students sign up and about 50 students regularly show up.  We … Continue reading English Club

Travel in Romania: Braşov

We arrived in Braşov in the early evening.  After checking into our hotel room and finding parking (which was a bit of a hassle), we immediately set out to explore the Braşov historic town, which was founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights.  We were quite hungry, so first on our list was to find … Continue reading Travel in Romania: Braşov

Happy New Year!

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this a few times, but many Moldovans celebrate both Christmas and the New Year based on the Orthodox calendar.  Some also celebrate "our" Christmas and New Year.  Basically, in Moldova, the party is just getting started, and Christmas will be celebrated on January 7th and New Year on January 14th. … Continue reading Happy New Year!

Moldovan Cuisine Monday: “Borscht”

Borscht: I used to think that borscht was a beet-based soup, and although that can be true and is what Americans generally consider it to be, there are many variations.  I have had the traditional, beet-based borscht once, and it was actually not too bad, but it seems that a cabbage-based borscht is more common.  … Continue reading Moldovan Cuisine Monday: “Borscht”

First Few Days at Site

I've spent most of the last few days at my permanent site hanging out with my 6-year-old host niece, Valerica. She won't usually be here, but she's visiting her grandparents (my host parents) for several days. She is full of energy and wants to spend every waking second with me, including walking me to the … Continue reading First Few Days at Site