30 Days Straight: #13

 On a Friday, I am writing my 13th post… ironic but I dig. The American: My partner did me a favor and called a local hotel owner in order to get a price check on rooms. He told the guy over the phone that someone was simply trying to receive information, not book anything. The…

30 Days Straight: #12

– Lost out on the apartment. My Peace Corps manager, who handles contract discussions with property owners, informed me that the landlord was charging at minimum 1,500 lei per month for rent alone. My rent is fixed at 700 lei. Not to mention utilities would add anywhere between 500-1,900 lei to the monthly billing throughout…

30 Days Straight: #11

– Sign, sealed, delivered. Best bud Christian all in for Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria this summer. It is going to be an amazing trip as he will join my cousin Brigid and I. We plan on doing a lot of Couchsurfing, visiting old friends, canyoning, checking out the Alps, camping at the Openair Frauenfeld…

30 Days Straight: #10

– My friend Sasha and I are heading to Odessa, Ukraine for April Fool’s Day weekend. He says the celebration attracts a ton of foreigners so it should be one crazy time over there. We plan to stay with a Couchsurfing host. What I am imagining now is that I would speak to the host…

30 Days Straight: #9

– I was really proud of the students in our English club today. We had 6 participants and watched Apocalypto. If you are not familiar with the story it is about one Mayan tribesman named Jaguar Paw who escapes from being sacrificed in order to save his life and those of his abandoned family. The…

30 Days Straight: #7,8

– Writing a blog post titled #7,8 for a series called 30 Days Straight is hypocritical. – I received some pretty great advice from a fellow Peace Corps volunteer about the attitude I carry at site. I told him some days it is very difficult to be in a positive mood based on the gray…

30 Days Straight #6

In exactly 7 months, I will see my parents again for the first time in 1 year and a half. In mid-September they will be coming out to visit me in Moldova where we will spend 4 days traveling around the capital of Chișinau, visiting my summer training site and wine capital Cricova, and then…

30 Days Straight: #5

– Gaining community support seems like it would be the easiest task in completing our IT project. All we need to do is have our business owners answer 5 questions asking them to explain briefly why they would like to acquire free computers and other equipment to improve their businesses and knowledge. The point of…

30 Days Straight: #3

Cannot call myself Pat out here for short. It translates to “bed” in Romanian. I do not need the nickname anyway. I prefer being called “Paaahh-treeek”. It sounds French. Although over the summer during language training a fellow volunteer gave me the nickname “Pattress”. Clever. Still stuck smack dab in the middle of my book…

Self Discovery Part III: Immediate Goals

In Self Discovery Parts I & II, I listed out what fulfills me and where I would like to end up. In order to arrive at an idealistic end, I need to make sure the means guide me there. I have drawn up these great ideas, masterful plans but if I do not begin focusing…

Wounded But Not Slain

Since moving to Moldova, to become a PCV, I have been trying to deny the reality that truly exists here. That reality is poverty. Mentally, I go through my day pretending that everything is normal; that I am equal and that we all share the same luxuries. I convince myself that this world is in…

Timp de Reflectie VIII

Work. Life. Balance. I am starting to find my groove within the company, Entranse, and community, Leova, only one week into Peace Corps service. Please feel free to provide any criticism(s) you may have or ideas you would like me to share moving forward. O zi buna: