In Moldova Again!

After a quick stop in Stockholm, during which I had both breakfast and dinner with my neighbor M, lunch with Mia-Lotta, and dinner with Therese, I am now in Chisinau since yesterday and my social agenda is equally booked here. I haven’t been in Moldova since the spring 2010, so it’s been a while. For those of you who recently started to read my blog, I lived in Moldova for two years in 2006-2008. Admittedly, I enjoyed living in Chisinau much more than in DC and it is wonderful to be back! I am staying with my friends E and C and today, I had lunch and dinner with several other friends and visited my colleagues in my old office. An added bonus to my stay here is the fantastic fresh produce that they have in Chisinau. I had completely forgotten how amazing the fruits and vegetables are here but was quickly reminded when I entered E and C’s kitchen and saw the apple tray. Every meal has since been a joy! Tomorrow is N’s wedding and I will treat myself to a manicure – anther thing that they do better in Moldova than anywhere else! (Source: a DC based colleague of mine, my own manicure experience is rather limited…)

Real apples, neither gased not vaxed!

A Connection Point

A good thing with both New York and Washington is that so many people that I know pass through at one point or another. As some of you know, I have several friends and acquaintances from Rome and Chisinau that now live in here in NY and in DC. Not so surprising perhaps with all the International Organizations that are located in respective city, but comforting nevertheless for someone who moves around a lot to not always have to leave people for good when relocating to a new place.

But both cities are also good because people fly through or come for shorter stays like holiday or training. Today, I met up with a friend from Moldova whom I hadn’t seen in five years. Kristine was on her way back home after a few weeks stay in Russia and with a few days stop here in NY, we had a chance to meet up. It was great seeing her again and I hope it won’t be another five years until next time we meet!