So, here’s the low down on my town and host-family during our three months of training. I am staying in the town of Stauceni with eight other Health Education trainees. The town has a population of over 7,000 and seems to be fairly nice with some large houses and “modern” looking apartment buildings. The town is located right outside of Chisinau, just off the main road. The trip into the capital city takes perhaps twenty to thirty minutes and can take one to two buses to reach our destination.
My host-family consists on my host-father, Nicholae, and host-mother, Elena. They are both in their mid to late fifties.
There are two cats (one had four kittens yesterday, so really we have six), one dog, lots of chickens and lots of rabbits. I even got to hold some 3 day old rabbits which were extremely adorable!
There is a big garden around the house with two cherry trees (the cherries are in season and the trees are FULL of them), strawberries (also in season now), onions, garlic, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, grapes (for making their house wine), and probably other vegetables as well. There are also colorful flowers around the garden.
My bedroom is very large and appears to be their larger living room. My bed is a pull-out couch, there is a table for me to study at and a closet to put my clothes. Certainly more room than I need, but very comfortable.
This is the fourth time they have hosted a Peace Corps trainee, so they understand that language is coming slowly. I have been quite happy that I learned some Romanian words and phrases before coming here, just to help out with communication at the beginning of training.
I been helping with dinner the past few nights by making the salad. Most of the ingredients come from the family garden and is topped with homemade apple cider vinegar.
Yesterday, Elena accidentally stepped on one of the young chickens and killed it. So, even though it didn’t have much meat in it, she still cleaned it for eating so that nothing is wasted. I told her she was an expert after watching her clean and prep it in short order.