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Wine Festival Weekend

I haven’t updated in a while and that’s due to a couple of things – I have been busy with training these last two weeks, my laptop has been out of commission – the hard drive was physically damaged when it got knocked off a desk (wish me luck in data recovery!) and its gotten really cold out very quickly and unexpectedly, which is actually a little unrelated but has made me slightly lazy about anything other than reading while covered in lots of layers.

This past Thursday marked the official end of my PST (pre-service training) and the start of the all COD and SED conference. Thursday afternoon and all day Friday all of the Peace Corps Volunteers in the COD or SED program in Moldova were in one building discussing projects, ideas and solutions. It was a great few days for catching up with others, meeting some volunteers I’d never seen before, discussing projects and ideas and best of all being inspired by it the people and ideas that were in the room.

Friday after the conference finished, I headed home for a last night with the host family for a while. Two other PCVs, Max and Kate came over and we played with my host siblings and lit a paper lantern.

Saturday marked the beginning of the Chisinau Wine Festival, a weekend devoted to celebrating Moldovan wine in the center of the capital. I spent the day learning about the various wines in Moldova, sampling them, enjoying a delicious Italian sandwich (maybe I’ve been away from Philly too long, but it was fantastic!), Georgian food and getting to spend time outside, enjoying music and laughing with friends.

Writing our dreams and wishes on the latern.

Writing our dreams and wishes on the latern.

Lighting the latern.

Lighting the latern.

Enjoying a last evening with the host family.

Enjoying a last evening with the host family.

Max being a great sport playing with the host siblings, as Kate and Anastasia take pictures.

Max being a great sport playing with the host siblings, as Kate and Anastasia take pictures.

 

Some traditional dancing during the festival.

Some traditional dancing during the festival.

The menu at the delicious sandwich booth.

The menu at the delicious sandwich booth.

Crowds at one of the tents at wine fest.

Crowds at one of the tents at wine fest.

Kate and I in the evening at the festival enjoying some delicious etcetera wine.

Kate and I in the evening at the festival enjoying some delicious etcetera wine.

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