My home stay is in a town south of Chisinau, the capital. From the Peace Corps headquarters to home takes around 1.75 hours and has a combination of walking, a trolly ride, and a bus. The buses seem pretty efficient, and there are plenty of passengers on the bus. Chances are pretty good that we end up standing for part of the ride to town.
The town I am in has a population between 12-16000 people. It is in a narrow valley with homes going up both sides of the valley. There are a couple lakes in the area.
I have a host mom and dad (Nina and Nicolae). They are empty nesters with three kids. Two of their children live in the same town with their families, and one is working abroad in London.
They have given me a very nice room in the upstairs of the house. I am the only person upstairs, and have privacy. There is a sitting room upstairs and a room for their son who is currently working abroad. Downstairs has a kitchen and my host mom and dad’s room, as well as a bathroom with a sink and shower. The toilet is an outhouse behind the house.
Being the third volunteer that they have hosted, they seem to be in the groove of everything. I believe the other two volunteers, Scott and Tom, are still in the country as well.
My host folks don’t speak English – although the host dad knows a couple words here and there, so things are interesting as my Romanian is pretty weak still. We have been able to communicate about the basics, and they are talkative at dinner, which is good for me, whether I understand it or not. Just hearing them is advantageous as I try to hear words that we’ve been taught in our couple days at class. Google Translate has helped when it is just a simple word we are trying to figure out. They are pretty patient, so things don’t get uncomfortable – they have been around the block a couple times with other volunteers.
It is my understanding that nearly everything we eat is, they grow. They have chickens and ducks, a big garden with lots of different vegetables, cherry trees, and strawberries…a walnut tree. My host home makes the bread herself as well.