30 Days Straight: #16

I finally had the highly anticipated glass of soy milk made by the aforementioned hair stylist. It was a cold wet evening and I came inside the nearby salon to give it a try. She took my jacket and told me to have a seat at the table in the back room. I asked her…

30 Days Straight: #14,15

– Yet again, I could not stick to writing a post daily but for good reason. – Last night was my friend Slon’s birthday. We began the night by going over to the office building behind our friend Alex’s hardware store. There we had a giant feast with pork chops, sausages, homemade pizza, egg casserole, three…

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: #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 I: Personal Interests

Up by twelve in the first game of the Copa de Leova basketball tournament, the blue team (our team) was cruising. Making excellent cuts to the basket, sharing the ball, hitting open jump shots, and by playing great team defense we were on our way to victory and were gaining serious momentum for the championship…

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:

Timp de Reflectie V

Today, August 3rd, 2012, I will be giving the commencement speech for the Agribusiness and Rural Business Development program at the swear-in ceremony to become an official Peace Corps Volunteer. The video is the speech I will give translated in both Romanian and English:

Timp de Reflectie IV

Attached is the latest video with a couple of great opportunities that have come my way today. I am very excited and wanted to share this with you.

Timp de Reflectie I

Last night I returned to the village of Cricova from the district and city of Leova. For two days, I was escorted around Leova by the president Efrosinia Gretu, my business partner Vitalie Gargaun, and other staff members of the District Council. I was given the opportunity to visit many different businesses, government buildings, the…