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One Year Anniversary in Moldova

One year ago today I arrived in Moldova. Wow how time flies. I remember sitting on that last flight we took here and having a moment of "O my gosh, what am I doing? Why am I doing this?" I was excited and terrified at the same time. When we got off the plane and entered the arrival hall we were greeted by our awesome Country Director and other staff. When the first of us collected our luggage and went through the exit doors, I heard a loud cheer that was PCVs already in country and I immediately exhaled. Things were going to be fine.

Over the last twelve months I have learned a new language to the point where I can function in my community and the country. I have met new people, my Vasieni host family in particular with whom I have made a strong connection and have a strong bond. I have eaten different food, some of which I absolutely love, others, not so much. I have drunk house wine, which I had never done before. I have helped with grape harvesting to make said house wine. I attended an Orthodox Christian Easter Service, much different from what I am used to.

I have had lots of highs and some lows here in Moldova. It is truly a sacrifice that we make to enter Peace Corps. It is also an enormous learning opportunity. I have learned to relax more. To be more easygoing. To stress less. To let the small stuff go. To choose my battles. Along the way, I hope I have taught some things too.

I still struggle with being here and away from family and friends and the conveniences of America. I am still not as busy with work as I would like to be and that sometimes makes me question whether I am doing any good at all. I take it one day at a time though and try to look for the positives for being here. Deep inside I am also committed to serving out my time here. I am committed to being present and in the moment throughout the remainder of my service here.

So, here is to me and my colleagues who persevere here in Moldova. Here is to our second year. To the new Trainees and eventual Volunteers who have arrived today, it will be okay!!!!

Comments (4)

Such an inspiring place you have here; I'm looking forward to catching up and reading more :)

GGirl2:

Thanks Michelle.

I've been away from my favorite blogs for awhile. Then I saw your photo post on SlowTrav, and it reminded me.
Happy Anniversary!!! You are an inspiration.

GGirl2:

Thanks Deborah. I can't believe how fast time flies.

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