Moldova is an interesting country in terms of its connections with its neighboring countries. Part of Moldova wants to be absorbed into Russia, and is an autonomous area…a place that as Peace Corps volunteers we are not allowed to go, and even just regular US citizens are advised by the embassy not to go to.
Some people in Moldova want to become part of Romania (Moldova used to be part of Romania long ago). Moldovan citizens can get Romanian citizenship and the benefits that come along with that, such as a Romanian passport and the right to vote in Romanian elections. Having a passport from Romania, which is a member of the European Union, is very helpful in getting a job abroad, which many Moldovans do.
Since Nisporeni is close to the border, we see more graffiti around town which is pro “uniting with Romania”. We have been told that it is a small but vocal group which holds this view. But, they are quite determined with making their mark on the walls around town, so we thought we would share some pictures of their work.