Today we headed to our HUB site (as we will continue to do every Thursday and various other days, as assigned) at the Academy of Economic Studies in Moldova in the capital city of Chisinau. This was the first time our group would be taking the rutiera alone and we were all a little nervous, so after memorizing the Romanian for stop here please and stop by the Fedesco (the name of a grocery store by the stop), I boarded the bus with six of the other PVCs in my town and we were off. The ride was fine and we made it there over an hour early, giving us plenty of time for a pre-class flashcard session.
We began the morning with language classes and then began to get our immunization shots (only one today). The rest of the day consisted of presentations from the PC doctors in country about immunizations, in country care, health kit, food and water preparation. The day was broken up by an hour lunch break, where a fellow PCV from another city (she’s in the english education program) and I decided to break away from the group and make our way over to a park I’d been to last week. It was great to walk around the city, exploring, eating our lunches, watching the chess game in the park, sharing details and laughing about the experience so far.
After the conclusion of our information sessions we were taken in for individual medical interviews and then released to make our way back to our respective towns. Our group decided to brave the trip home together and take a bus instead of a rutiera. The bus was a little slower, but the ride was much smoother; the bus drivers take the turns a little slower which is nice if you aren’t lucky enough to get a seat and the bus was much less crowded.
Tonight I am going to go for a run around the town – I’ve got fresh pod casts downloaded and if I want to keep eating all the food here this seems a necessary habit to pick up. Tomorrow we’ll be back to language and technical training in Stauceni. The agenda for tomorrow’s technical training includes an integration assignment, community mapping, economic and organizational environment in Moldova and learning about the NGO sector in Moldova.