Another Has Left

Over the weekend I visited my former host family in Cricova, Moldova. I spent the summer of 2012 studying Romanian and receiving plenty of business and organizational trainings on behalf of the Peace Corps while living there. In that time I became very close to my host parents Slavic and Svetlana and especially their two…

Orphanage Visit in Straseni, Moldova

I received an email in early December mentioning the idea of volunteering at an orphanage to put on an event for them around the holidays. Immediately, I became intrigued. I enjoy working with kids and given the fact that this will be my first Christmas away from home it really inspired me to serve. The…

Timp de Reflectie XV

I recently found myself in a general feeling of unease, being lethargic, agitated, and alone. After taking time away from sports to deal with an exercise related injury, I became pretty sick. With one week in isolation my mood plummeted rather quickly. Too much time left in my own thoughts became quite dangerous. I kept…

Startup Weekend Moldova

The weekend came and went so quickly. I remember arriving through the doors to an open room of tables, sign-up sheets, and guests, to a sea of food and photographers as I moved slowly through the crowd thereafter. For the majority of participants the mission seemed clear: present the best business idea possible to a…

Cribs Moldova

Just like on MTV, I am giving you a full-on tour. I am happy to have moved into my new residence. After 10 months straight of living with families, I am back on my own again. I can make the rules, cook my own food, wear what I want, use the utilities how I please,…

Harness the Ego and Be Free

Your chest feels heavy, heart rate increases, you are stressed, nervous, thinking in everything you have to do by the day’s end, growing impatient. You keep replaying the same conversation, tragic event, disappointment, situation in your mind over and again. It leaves you angry, frustrated, and unfulfilled. You see an “undeserving” colleague get a promotion,…